'Round Midnight Reviews

December 12, 2018
Watching Dale and Francis grow close is a subdued experience that evolves in quiet ways.
April 8, 2008
Round Midnight is a superbly crafted music world drama in which Gallic director Bertrand Tavernier pays a moving dramatic tribute to the great black musicians who lived and performed in Paris in the late 1950s.
April 8, 2008
The director's perenially heavy mood seems especially well suited to this indigo-shaded story of a black American saxman (Dexter Gordon) living and performing in Paris in the late 50s.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Dale Turner, as played by Dexter Gordon, seems to be an amalgam of Bud Powell and Lester Young, but the private, rueful dignity that he brings to bear is all his own.
May 20, 2003
No actor could do what the great jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon does in 'Round Midnight.
January 1, 2000
You do not need to know a lot about jazz to appreciate what is going on because, in a certain sense, this movie teaches you everything about jazz that you really need to know.
January 1, 2000
A lovingly gentle yet vibrant tribute to jazz, friendship and film itself, made by a director of consummate taste and precise imagination.
January 1, 2000
Gordon goes the limit as Turner, dedicating his performance to all the cats who've gone before.