88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This unconventional psychological drama weaves a fascinating tale, and Collette and Williams give two of the summer's best performances.
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75

Chicago Tribune

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.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The Night Listener is by no means an example of perfect filmmaking, but it is the kind of movie that stays with you.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Plays like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller but is nevertheless a movie of ideas. It bristles with intriguing thoughts about the realm of fiction, how one loves, issues of identity and questions concerning how one transfers a real-life incident into big-screen fiction. This is a film that can crawl inside your skin.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The fundamental problem with The Night Listener is the manner in which the boy, Pete, is depicted. Rory Culkin gets the tricky job of bringing the role to life, and he does it well, but it's still a trick. Or is it?
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
What makes the film such a guilty pleasure is how Williams's righteous self-pity is perfectly matched to Collette's nuttiness and despair.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A movie with lots of heart but no heartbeat.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

Is The Night Listener a wintry drama with a few schlocky jolts, or an underdone psychological thriller straining for some dramatic heft on the side? Hard to tell, but either way, the movie doesn't cohere.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Casting Williams in this thriller, adapted from Armistead Maupin's novel, was a bigger mistake than the actor's performance.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Depressed and depressing drama.
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51 out of 100
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