63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Danish writer-director Ole Bornedal delivers up a stylish thriller whose murky, shot-through-pond-scum cinematography is its most distinctive feature.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Nightwatch is more stylish and well-plotted than your typical slasher film, but it doesn't quite stand out in a world where the horrific has become routine. [17 Apr 1998]
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's rough when it works and rough when it doesn't. Much of the first hour is made up of slow patches, while the last 20 minutes are ugly and terrifying.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
With its glum litany of naked corpses and mutilations, and understated actors looking bluish under the morgue's fluorescent lights, Nightwatch drains the fun out of horror. [17 Apr 1998]
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's a visually effective and often scary film to watch, but the story is so leaky that we finally just give up.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
If not for Bornedal's stylish approach to the material and a couple of effectively chilling sequences, Nightwatch would have been a complete waste of time and effort.
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38

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
It's dreadful, despite a solid cast that includes art-house heartthrob Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Josh Brolin. [17 Apr 1998]
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Nightwatch is a horror for reasons that have nothing to do with suspenseful moviemaking.
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25

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
What we get are quirky characters who are such cartoons that they undermine the effectiveness of the scare scenes (Brad Dourif's turn as the weird doctor is an example) and well-composed camera angles that mean nothing.
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25

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Nightwatch quickly declines from creepy to silly. [17 Apr 1998]
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40 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.