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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 38
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

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

  • 63
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

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

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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] show more

  • 25
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    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. show more

  • 25
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Nightwatch quickly declines from creepy to silly. [17 Apr 1998] show more

  • 50
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    It comes off as an amalgam of everything that was cool in 1996, when we first saw the trailer. show more

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