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Night Train To Lisbon

Night Train To Lisbon (2013)



Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Raimund is a Latin teacher and an ancient languages expert. His life is transformed by a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern, whom he saves from jumping to her death in the waters below. Raimund is intrigued but the woman disappears, leaving her coat. Inside it is a book by a Portuguese doctor which contains a train ticket. He uses it, setting off on a journey to Lisbon. While looking for the author, Raimund revisits a dark chapter in the country's history and unveils a tragic love


Mystery & Suspense, Romance

Greg Latter, Ulrich Herrmann

Dec 17, 2013

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (11)

It's all terribly talky and low-energy; that wonderful noirish title, it turns out, was just a front for a history lecture.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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After barely stirring to life, "Night Train to Lisbon" mercifully expires.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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"Murder on the Orient Express," this ain't.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Take the last train to anywhere but here.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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August's vision of the world, archaic though it may willingly be, is appealingly urbane ...

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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I think somewhere along the line this is one of those films that you are just going to embrace or step back from and I embraced it.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's always a stretch for a movie to unfold in two time frames and have different actors play characters at different stages of their lives, and here the casting isn't entirely successful.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's long and sometimes predictable, but worth seeing for Irons, who reprises a role that he almost invented: the troubled intellectual in search of himself.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A midde-aged professor's life is transformed by a philosophical book that falls into his hands and propels him on a quest from Switzerland to Portugal.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If we feel the sandman tugging at our eyelids, chances are there's a significant script or direction problem - and in the case of Night Train to Lisbon, it's a bit of both.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

There is plenty of lovely Portuguese scenery along the way, but not much else to recommend this blend of trumped-up mystery and low-key character study.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

Night Train to Lisbon ends up a deeply unadventurous adventure story.

December 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Journeyman director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror; 1998's Les Miserables) has coralled a first-class cast - to fashion a fine tale about reminiscence, revolution, regret and revelation...An arthouse treat.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Bille August's film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There are few other actors who could glue together this plodding literary adaptation with the naturally engaging gravitas that Irons brings to the screen.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source:

Night Train to Lisbon is a handsomely crafted, well-acted love story within a love story, even if it doesn't engage as much as it should.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

Sedate and old fashioned, but a well-cast and well-acted romantic mystery.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A melancholy film with a big, soft heart

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Mystery romantic thriller whose execution fails to live up to its superlative cast. Based on Pascal Mercier's novel, Bille August's film struggles to marry the story's two timeframes with the narrative leapfrogging back and forth

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Night Train To Lisbon

This German/Suisse/Portuguese drama directed by Bille August is based on the novel Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. Starring Jeremy Irons it had some potential to be great but the screenplay written by Greg Latter and Ulrich Herrmann was too safe with no thrill or unexpected events. The story about a Swiss professor who saves the life of a woman who wanted to commit suicide and then abandons his teaching career and reserved life to embark on a thrilling intellectual adventure to Portugal was actually a story that takes him on a journey to the very heart of himself. The problem is that the adventure was too predictable even with the added thrill elements to keep us interested.

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Somehow this film seemed to me like passed its "Use By" date, especially the way the story was told. The real heart wasn't there as well as the substance. If you are fan of Jeremy Irons - it's worth watching it for the performance. Of course, there are other stars as well: Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Bruno Ganz... the acting was the strongest part of this movie. You can see some old-world elegance of Bern, the cobbled charms of Lisbon and some panoramic views of Portuguese coastal roads, but don't expect too much of anything else!
September 23, 2013
Panta Oz

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Eventually delves into Portugal's dark past-interestingly.
December 8, 2013
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