The Night of the Hunter - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night of the Hunter Reviews

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August 28, 2007
This start for Gregory as producer and Laughton as director is rich in promise but the completed product, bewitching at times, loses sustained drive via too many offbeat touches that have a misty effect.
August 23, 2017
A film might start out its life as trash, and somewhere over the course of time, become art, in the same fashion that a lump of coal subjected to time and pressure becomes a diamond.
January 17, 2014
It is both Christian parable and folk tale, with its hymns, homilies, and orphans carried to safety by nature's benevolence; but it is also grounded in the social concerns of its makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 20, 2014
Laughton made a unique and sublimely stunning film. It enchants, haunts and frightens in equal measures.
November 28, 2010
...quite possibly the most disturbing American film I've ever seen.
Read More | Original Score: 90/100
October 10, 2014
A classic that is beautifully restored to life, successfully mixing lightness and humour in a dark film that would even have Frankenstein's monster running for cover.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
One of the most frightening of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 30, 2005
Laughton and cinematographer Stanley Cortez definitely create some very memorable imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 6, 2013
This thriller is one of the great masterpieces of American cinema, a movie so strangely repellent, so poetic and so utterly hypnotic that it sadly never found an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 27, 2002
Classic film that just hasn't dated very well. Mitchum gives a tremendous performance, but the rest of the movie elements don't hold up so well.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2006
It's the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels.
December 4, 2016
A magnificent example of a movie doing what movies do best: capturing emotions on film and presenting a feverish, imaginative state with the tactile quality of the real.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
April 21, 2007
Corny, yes; pretentious, sure; overwrought, definitely -- but every frame of it is thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 7, 2014
Laughton's only film makes up, in atmospherics and its horribly righteous wrongdoer, for lapses into talkiness and staginess. There are the moody, often German Expressionist shots and that twinkling gleam to the word-crafty, preaching predator's malice.
July 22, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Charles Laughton, a consummate British actor of stage and film, directed only one film during his lifetime, but he made it count.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
December 14, 2001
Easily ranks among the greatest American films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 21, 2004
Charles Laughton's only directorial effort is a work of inspired brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2005
One of the most legitimately scary thrillers ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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