The Night Listener Reviews

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October 7, 2006
This thriller about books, belief and betrayal covers topical terrain -- JT LeRoy and James Frey, anyone? -- but itself proves unbelievable.
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.
September 23, 2006
Robin Williams's face is permanently on its smiling-through-emotional-pain setting.
August 15, 2006
All roads lead to dead ends, in dramatic and investigative terms.
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 7, 2006
A quietly disturbing and effectively haunting little gem.
August 5, 2006
Williams delivers a solid, twinkle-free (though closed-off) performance, but the film as a whole can't decide what it wants to be.
August 5, 2006
The movie might make for a good book, but it's too awkward and lacks the necessary action for a film. And Williams' rather sluggish approach doesn't help much. Eventually, we just aren't interested in tagging along with him.
August 5, 2006
An eerie, occasionally disturbing motion picture focused on the differences between perception and reality.
August 4, 2006
This Sundance dud is a turgid gay soap opera with a limp twist, showcasing Robin Williams at his maudlin worst.
August 4, 2006
The Night Listener, a movie with lots of heart but no heartbeat.
August 4, 2006
File The Night Listener under Missed Opportunities.
August 4, 2006
There's more to this story than meets the eye -- or ear -- especially when Collette, magnetic in her intensity, appears as a figure straight out of Vertigo or North by Northwest.
August 4, 2006
The Night Listener reveals itself in a grippingly quiet and enigmatic style reminiscent of Hitchcock.
August 4, 2006
Night Listener draws you in to a tale well-told.
August 4, 2006
The thriller is suspenseful enough, with a spooky mood and some real shocker moments, but the audience has to be willing to forgive its lack of rationality, as well as its totally cryptic conclusion.
August 4, 2006
Noone [Williams] is a lethargic, beaten, humorless man, and the film is plugged into the same lifeless energy source.
August 4, 2006
Based on a novel by Armistead Maupin, which was based in turn on an episode in Mr. Maupins life, The Night Listener explores a shadowy region between truth and fiction.
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.
August 4, 2006
More intriguing than enthralling, more creepy than disturbing, The Night Listener runs a tidy 80 minutes yet still feels stretched.
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