Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve
December 10, 2014
At its best, the film layers Lucia's and Maximilian's flashbacks in such a way that that the lines between memory, fantasy, and nightmare get blurred.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Keyes
August 1, 2013
Morbidly fascinating work, choreographed from within a vacuum devoid of feeling and retribution, and spearheaded by a director who must find some sadistic pleasure in being such an exacting provocateur.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 16, 2008
A strange and unforgettable picture that questions deeply the psyches of torturers and the tortured.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
July 16, 2008
A strange, brooding tale.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 16, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 1, 2004
It retains a certain importance -- as much for understanding the history of film as for its intrinsic merits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 21, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
October 28, 2003
Groundbreaking might not be the right word, but it's certainly the right sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 9, 2003
A estranha relação entre o casal de protagonistas transforma o filme em uma experiência nada agradável - o que não quer dizer que ele não mereça ser admirado como belo estudo de personagens e por revelar sombras assustadoras da natureza humana.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sam Jordison
May 24, 2003
A compelling and disturbing testament to the enduring power of evil and the complexity of human nature.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 11, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 16, 2008
Not rich in plausability of plot or character development, but tonally interesting in places.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Douglas Pratt
July 16, 2008
People can read artistic significance into anything and lots of people have read gobs of it into this, but it is a silly movie with lots of perverse sex and no redeeming values, artistic or otherwise.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 16, 2008
With a little application and imagination I suppose one might read themes of political and philosophical import into this work, but Cavani's style remains stupidly literal and gaga.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Somewhere along the way, the film's handling of serious themes, and its attempts to examine the Nazi legacy in terms of repression and guilt, both sexual and political, get lost amid all the self-conscious decadence.
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Nora Sayre
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The movie's visual virtues are negated by infinite absurdities -- particularly by the sentimentality with which the director views this luckless couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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