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Night Train To Lisbon Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 21, 2016
Personal emotion may get in the way for dramatic purposes, but these characters seem to always know there was something more important behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stefan Pape
November 19, 2014
At times Night Train to Lisbon can feel somewhat generic and cliched, but is saved, predominantly, thanks to the credentials of this remarkable, international cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Carty
Radio Times
October 24, 2014
An ageing academic embarks on a journey of self-discovery in this old-fashioned European thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
October 23, 2014
In its lesser moments, the film feels like a European art-house adaptation of a Mills and Boon novel or a Saga holiday commercial, but it is beautifully shot and packed with cameos from big-name actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 23, 2014
On TV, this might while away a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Mottram
Total Film
October 22, 2014
The back-and-forth narrative saps the story of tension, while Irons bumbles around like a dippy Dumbledore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
October 21, 2014
While deeply unfashionable, Night Train to Lisbon's old-school, historically aware melodrama seduces during some compelling stretches, and reasserts August as a filmmaker of real ability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
October 20, 2014
Like a night train, Bille August's film finally gets there, but is almost unendurably slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 21, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Lex Hall
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Katherine Monk
December 12, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
December 11, 2013
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.
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
December 7, 2013
Night Train to Lisbon ends up a deeply unadventurous adventure story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 6, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
December 6, 2013
It's all terribly talky and low-energy; that wonderful noirish title, it turns out, was just a front for a history lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
December 6, 2013
Bille August's film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 5, 2013
After barely stirring to life, "Night Train to Lisbon" mercifully expires.
Frances Morton
December 5, 2013
There are few other actors who could glue together this plodding literary adaptation with the naturally engaging gravitas that Irons brings to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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