Opening Night Reviews

July 5, 2016
Cassavetes's most cleverly constructed film is also a definitive lesson in the death-defying, all-consuming art of acting, proof of a madness beyond the Method.
July 28, 2008
Gena Rowlands turns in another virtuoso performance as the troubled actress. Cassavetes' highly personal work will please his coterie of enthusiasts, but for general audiences it will be viewed as shrill, puzzling, depressing and overlong.
July 28, 2008
John Cassavetes was unique in his visions and his films.
July 28, 2008
Juggling onstage and offstage action, Cassavetes makes this a fascinating look at some of the internal mechanisms and conflicts that create theatrical fiction.
June 15, 2007
the film is almost suffocatingly long, even though its ideas about actors, acting and real life are among Cassavetes's most intriguing.
June 15, 2007
Woody Allen said that he could watch a Bergman movie and feel himself gripped as if by a thriller; that's how I felt watching this restored version of John Cassavetes's 1977 picture Opening Night
Top Critic
June 15, 2007
The camerawork is instinctively fluid, the performances savage - this is one of the best films about theatre ever made.
June 15, 2007
Opening Night is a truly grand unveiling of our innermost fears.
January 26, 2006
At once a lament to the ravages of age and an examination of those tiny foibles which separate reality from dramatic artifice, it's a baffling and intricate film which, although light on conventional pleasures, still manages to provoke and beguile.
February 14, 2005
Rowlands sings a different kind of mad song in Opening Night, playing a diva-like actress preparing a part about aging that haunts her, at times literally, with a vision of lost youth.
January 1, 2000
Gena Rowlands plays the role at perfect pitch: She is able to suggest, even in the midst of seemingly ordinary moments, the controlled panic of a person who needs a drink, right here, right now.