I Am the Night: Miniseries (2019)


Miniseries
I Am the Night

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Chris Pine inhabits I Am the Night with the roguish gravitas befitting a noir -- even if this entry into the pulp genre is more straightforward and languidly paced than some viewers would like.

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Critic Ratings: 70

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User Ratings: 195

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Air date: Jan 28, 2019

Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), a naive young girl growing up outside of Reno, Nevada, embarks on a desperate quest to discover who she is. In LA, Jay Singletary (Chris Pine), a former Marine turned hack reporter covers a gruesome murder.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2019

Newly arrived in Los Angeles, Fauna attempts to track down her family, including her mysterious grandfather, George Hodel. Jay continues his pursuit of the Bloody Romeo, but he can't let go of the story that ruined his career years ago.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2019

A visit from Billis and the LAPD leaves Jay wondering how close he is getting to the truth. Fauna must reconcile Corinna's revelations with the suspicion that Corinna is hiding Fauna's mother, Tam

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Air date: Feb 18, 2019

A phone call in the middle of the night from Corinna has Jay believing that there are cracks appearing in the Hodel case. He gets an itch that the Bloody Romeo case may have something to do with the famed Black Dahl.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2019

Jay and Fauna search for a way to make it to Hawaii: Fauna to find her mother, Tamar Hodel, and the truth about why she was put up for adoption, and Jay to see if Tamar holds the answers to the Hodel case that destroyed his career.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2019

When Fauna hears what happened to Jimmy Lee, she searches for a way home; as Watts explodes around her into chaotic riots, Fauna's way out harbors a nightmarish trap; Jay stews in a cell that overflows with rioters until he hatches a desperate plan.

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Follows a teen who was given away at birth and begins to research the secrets of her past with the help of a troubled reporter.

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Critic Reviews for I Am the Night Miniseries

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (26)

I Am the Night is dark, provocative and disturbing but it's a worthwhile venture that should keep patient fans tuned in.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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Six hours is a big canvas while "I Am the Night" doesn't make the case that it has enough paint, or story, to fill it.

Nov 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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I Am the Night is maybe a little less ambitious as a project but it allows Jenkins to play with ideas, genre and cinematic style with a narrative that has a deeply archetypal edge

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Pine gets lots to chew on while the makeup department is taxed to keep up with his various cuts and bruises. In that respect he's served a full plate. Too bad that too much of this is either overcooked or under-prepared.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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There's a fearful intelligence and stubborn innocence in Eisley's portrayal of the Fauna.

Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…

That there's any emotional heft can be largely credited to Pine, pushing a bloody boulder up a neon-lit hill. But in the end, it's all as empty as the hollow paintings of a soulless man.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

It is frustrating that something that could have been so good is so flawed. Better writing and editing, with a greater degree of control and tightening of both structure and tone would have vastly improved this series.

Jul 1, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

For what's otherwise an uneven series, [Chris] Pine absolutely makes it worth watching.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite paper-thin characterization and hardly any plot to speak of, [Chris] Pine gives a fully physical performance.

Nov 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Screenwriter Sam Sheridan and Patty Jenkins know their stuff and not only does I Am the Night look completely authentic to the period, it's a tightly wound limited series that will leave viewers holding onto to their breath.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, as with most entertainment that's based on fact, I Am the Night suffers from one inescapable flaw: It's hamstrung by its own true-crime nature.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…

I Am the Night is rich, luscious viewing, fully capturing the noir aesthetic of 1940s Los Angeles, and particularly excelling when it peers into the shadows occupied by mask millionaires and crooked cops.

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Audience Reviews for I Am the Night: Miniseries

  • Jul 19, 2020
    Based on a true story is definitely a massive stretch but Hodel was a slimeball for sure.
  • Dec 29, 2019
    Patti Jenkins (of "Wonder Woman") delivers another masterpiece. The actors are great and the story is completely mesmerizing. "I Am The Night" is one of those rare cases where the truth is MUCH stranger than fiction. It begins as the story of a girl Fauna Hodel (played by India Eisley) looking for her birth mother. And with the help of reporter Jay Singletary (Chris Pine) it turns into the uncovering a possible serial killer. I dont know if Hodel killed Elizabeth Short but the facts presented point to his guilt. Any way you slice it, George Hodel was a horrible human being. Besides the TV series, check out the companion podcast "The Root of Evil". It's hosted by Fauna's daughters Yvette and Rasha. It depicts the intergenerational trauma that is visited upon this family because of George. It might be even be more interesting than the TV series (and that's saying a lot).
  • Jul 05, 2019
    What a show! This show was unlike anything that I've ever seen. The performances in this mini series were phenomenal. Chris Pine brings his a game as always, and India Eisley puts on an outstanding breakout performance. I'm truly believe that she has a big future ahead of her career.
  • May 16, 2019
    Both Chris Pine's uncanny performance and India Eisley excellent performance made this intriguing story great.
  • Apr 19, 2019
    I had high hopes for this, and there are interesting things in it, but it somehow feels less than the sum of its parts. I think part of the disconnect might be in trying to straddle the line between (pseudo) realism and something more fantastical. At times, it seemed to want to go for something almost akin to a David Lynch sort of mood, but then it would tip back toward realism, again. The uncertain tone ultimately made the series itself feel tepid, and unsure of itself.
  • Mar 24, 2019
    A teenage girl and a disgraced journalist find themselves drawn into a web of secrets revolving around 1950s Los Angeles' most infamous cold case. Stars: Chris Pine, India Eisley There's a fearful intelligence and stubborn innocence in Eisley's portrayal of the Fauna.The parts of the TV drama that stick closest to the facts are the most satisfying, and the two lead performances
  • Mar 11, 2019
    interesting premise, as the Black Dahlia is still a well-known case. Something about the roll-out failed to keep my anticipation high. For some reason, the lead characters don't get us emotionally involved. Finally, it could have done more to tie it in to the the various theories surrounding the Dahlia case
  • Mar 08, 2019
    What a letdown. Mostly boring, with some unfortunate soap-opera-level acting and plenty of straight-up bad corny dialogue.
  • Mar 05, 2019
    TV REVIEW: â??IF YOU EVER THOUGHT YOUR FAMILY WAS MESSED UP...â?? The latest cable miniseries inspired by real life events, I Am The Night on TNT, follows Fauna Hodel as she discovers her familyâ??s dark history. Fauna was adopted at birth and we meet her as a teenager where she makes a discovery that leads her to question everything about her origin. Lucky for her, and the audience, Fauna crosses paths with Jay Singletary, an unorthodox reporter who has been investigating her biological grandfather. Jay has all the answers as heâ??s been following George Hodel very closely since a story he broke about him ruined Jayâ??s career. Jay and Fauna are enjoyable to watch as they bond over their search for answers about this one man that they both think will make their lives whole. Tales of incest, abuse, and the most famous unsolved murder of Hollywood come to light as we learn more about the Hodel family. The story itself is what drew us into this show and Chris Pineâ??s acting is what kept us tuning in each week, but overall we felt it didnâ??t live up to its potential. The Black Dahlia murder is one of the most famous unsolved cases and just like their evidence, we canâ??t help but feel like something was just missing. OVERALL SCORE: 6/10 â??WE LIKED IT, BUT WE DIDNâ??T DAHLIA OVER THIS MINISERIESâ??
  • Mar 05, 2019
    Last year TNT dropped The Alienist and I was surprised how much TNT put in this series so when I started seeing previews for I am the night I knew I was gonna watch it. While I thought the limited series was okay and at sometimes really good some of it was a let down. The storyline is based off a true story so their was no real issue their. The acting was okay but it could have been better. I think the let down for me was the fact that they wanted to make a dark series but they didn't want to follow threw with. My opinion is this series might have done well if it was on HBO or Showtime. I am the night was an okay watch but it could have way better then it was

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