The Vast of Night

2020

The Vast of Night

Critics Consensus

An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson.

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In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. Dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call lead Fay and Everett on a scavenger hunt toward the unknown.

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (4)

  • Patterson trusts that chemistry will compensate for a gentle thriller that chooses to impress with ingenuity and charm instead of special effects.

    September 16, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

    Variety
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  • A film that announces a talent to watch.

    September 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Vast Of Night manages to be eerie and compelling despite unfolding mostly in a series of conversations and monologues tied together by a fictional Twilight Zone-esque show called Paradox Theatre.

    August 2, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
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  • A riveting and ultimately heartbreaking story about seemingly insignificant people who are irrevocably changed by contact with big things beyond their comprehension.

    June 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Unpacks a generation's worth of Cold War fascination and paranoia.

    January 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The joy of discovering something that uses my favorite medium to its fullest potential, even in absence of a heavy budget, is unmatched.

    March 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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