83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Writer-director Tanya Hamilton's intellectually ambitious debut drama Night Catches Us is all the more notable for setting well-drawn fictional characters in a fraught, real moment in civil rights history.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Making a remarkable feature debut, Hamilton distinguishes herself more as a filmmaker than as a screenwriter. While she elicits smoldering performances from Mackie and Washington, the movie around them is rather diffuse.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Surely the gentlest American film ever made about home-grown revolutionaries.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film leads to no showy conclusion, no spectacular climax. It is about movement possible within the soul even in difficult times.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hamilton manifests her vision of what politics can do to individual thinking with subtlety and sophistication. Remember her name. She's a genuine find.
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Most successful are the scenes involving Marcus and Iris, a 10-year-old girl who grew up fatherless and watchful of her tumultuous surroundings.
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The movie evokes its time and place so potently that it almost doesn't matter that Hamilton's script proves unequal to her vision.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Merits admiration as an ambitious debut feature, though the impact of its splendid cast is blunted by the awkward structure of its screenplay.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
"Night" never quite coalesces into the forceful drama it hopes to be.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Suffers from some of the deficiencies common to first features. It is sincere and earnest but the product of an assumption that the milieu itself is compelling enough to command an audience's attention.
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65 out of 100
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