The Night Listener - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night Listener Reviews

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August 4, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: F
August 5, 2006
Early reviews compare this to Hitchcock, but Hitch was never this obvious. Even at less than 90 minutes, this is a drawn-out, butt numbing sit.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 4, 2006
To me, the movie is of interest only for its embrace -- of the eternal ambivalence with which writers tap the lives of people they know and/or love for their work.
March 3, 2007
Read More | Original Score: C
August 9, 2006
The best performance in the film comes from Toni Collette
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 4, 2006
80 percent a superb thriller, backloaded with 20 percent gotcha and goodbye. That's a scandalous way to treat a viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2009
The Night Listener shamelessly jerks its audence this way and that, until it arrives at its lacklustre anti-climactic conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 4, 2006
The twisty but thin script is neither complex enough to be a fascinating character study nor exciting enough to be a satisfying thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 31, 2006
As far as topicality goes, The Night Listener's account of authorial deception certainly benefits from its parallels to the recent outing of JT Leroy as a fraud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 4, 2006
A slick, mostly engaging drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 6, 2006
The scenario encounters routine hollow patches, substituting dead air for the necessary tension required to drive the psychological points home.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 7, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2009
The film's over-leveraged plot imparts diminishing results as its predictable revelation arrives with an unsatisfying anticlimax.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 3, 2006
Ultimately, The Night Listener is more admirable for what it tries to be than for what it actually achieves.
August 4, 2006
It's a relief to see Williams underplaying for a change and letting us fill in the blanks, but the movie's suggestiveness gives way to a certain thinness and lassitude.
August 6, 2006
In Stettner's The Night Listener, Williams applies for his license to creep out the masses in a mopey and mediocre character study of atmospheric tension and chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 5, 2006
The story backs itself into a corner and gets lost trying to find a satisfactory way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 23, 2006
The plot dawdles along, intrigue gives way to risible melodrama, and [director] Patrick Stettner fails to get to grips with the issues.
August 9, 2006
Stettner keeps using Donna's evident disabilities, both physical and psychic, as opportunities for schlocky thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 5, 2006
...the puzzle presented by director Patrick Stettner (who co-wrote...with novel author Maupin and Terry Anderson) keep you intrigued though, in the end, unsatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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