The Night of the Hunter Synopsis
A wise matron protects children hiding from a corrupt preacher. Directed by Charles Laughton.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Part fairy tale and part bogeyman thriller -- a juicy allegory of evil, greed and innocence, told with an eerie visual poetry.
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100

Time Out London

By Tom Huddleston
It’s the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels.
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100

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
An enduring masterpiece--dark, deep, beautiful, aglow.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor....
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100

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Laughton understood Agee's proximity to Grimm vaudeville, and fashioned the most intensely expressionistic movie of its day.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the greatest of all American films, but has never received the attention it deserves because of its lack of the proper trappings....
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100

Empire

By Adam Smith
Ignored for a long time, this film is now impossible to ignore. Mitchum is magnetic.
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60

Variety

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This start for Gregory as producer and Laughton as director is rich in promise but the completed product, bewitching at times, loses...
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The Night of the Hunter review

By ChangoPelon
Fantastic performance and a very well shot movie. A must for fans of the thriller genre....

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Rated NR