The Night Listener Reviews

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September 23, 2006
The Night Listener is intriguing, thought-provoking and harrowing by turns, with fine central and supporting performances and a richly satisfying feel.
September 23, 2006
However, the film brushes over certain elements of the book (most notably Gabriel's relationship with his partner) and shies away from its more important themes (AIDS, child abuse etc), leaving the equivalent of a sanitised TV version of the book.
September 23, 2006
You should find this watchable and moderately clever; it's just a shame that it tries to sound weighty about truth and love, instead of getting on with being scary.
September 2, 2006
August 21, 2006
Maupin has, in the past, penned many yarns in which suspense and sentiment have had a quirky and efficacious symbiosis. Here, there is virtually no suspense -- only sentiment.
August 20, 2006
There's absolutely nothing wrong with this movie that a good story wouldn't fix.
August 19, 2006
Their protagonist, Robin Williams, is just so self-pitying he is completely unsympathetic. I didn't care what happened to him. I never cared if he was in danger or putting himself in danger.
August 15, 2006
All roads lead to dead ends, in dramatic and investigative terms.
August 11, 2006
Tapping into recent public outrages over writers who lie, The Night Listener's indictments are drearily unsubtle.
August 10, 2006
At only eighty-two minutes long, the film zips along--and keeps you guessing.
August 10, 2006
Director Patrick Stettner plays his cards close to his vest for much of the film ... going for suspenseful ambiguity, partly through including misleading scenes that might be considered cheating.
August 9, 2006
Stettner keeps using Donna's evident disabilities, both physical and psychic, as opportunities for schlocky thrills.
August 9, 2006
The deeper the story goes, the more it unravels, leading to a damaging finale that isn't ambiguous as much as it's asinine.
August 9, 2006
better suited for a 25-minute Twilight Zone episode (one of the forgettable ones)
August 9, 2006
It's the desolation of sadness stemming from the realization Noone's alone that's behind the search for a reality that perhaps doesn't exist that makes the film powerful.
August 9, 2006
The pacing and staging of the later scenes could use a little more electricity and momentum, and a little less restraint. Yet The Night Listener keeps you watching. And listening.
August 9, 2006
The best performance in the film comes from Toni Collette
August 9, 2006
The Night Listener is a rather intense psychological character piece that keeps you on edge, as well as intrigued, with the promise of malevolence at every turn.
August 8, 2006
"The Night Listener," a disturbing adults-only film, is anything but a mainstream fiilm.
August 8, 2006
I get so aggravated when a movie has a fabulous cast, then turns out to be a dud.
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