The Night Listener

2006, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 1h 31m

136 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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This psychological thriller compels by blurring the line between truth and fiction; unfortunately, the film itself gets muddled in a hazy account of Maupin's original novel. Read critic reviews

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Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams), a writer and host of a late-night radio show, begins a phone correspondence with Pete (Rory Culkin) a teen who claims to have survived a nightmarish childhood. Though he becomes close to the youth and his mother (Toni Collette), Gabriel must begin a harrowing search for the truth when questions about Pete's real identity begin to surface.

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  • Oct 18, 2014
    A creepy and unsettling film. Robin Williams' performance was excellently suited to the character in this suspense film. I only wish we could have seen more of Sandra Oh.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2014
    A disturbing movie, with facts I actually believe to be true and frightning. Don't read the description of the movie and don't see the trailer if you don't want to be spoiled.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2014
    Inspired by true events, The Night Listener is a dark psychological thriller. The story follows Gabriel Noone, a radio talk show host who receives a manuscript from a 14-year old boy named Peter, who's a survivor of sexual abuse, but Gabriel soon starts to suspect that the whole thing is a hoax and sets off to discover whether or not Peter and his story are real. Robin Williams leads the cast and is supported by Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, and Rory Culkin, who all give good performances. The writing is also well-done, and keeps the mystery going right up until the end. Still, the ambiguity is a little overdone and the script has some weaknesses. The Night Listener meanders a little at times, but it's also rich with intrigue.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2010
    I think the film plays too many tricks on the audience for it to be a great mystery, but for the most part its an interesting examination into the human need for attention. I like Robin Williams here, he is always at his best when he is subdued, and he certainly is in this movie. Its a brisk little thriller
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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