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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A movie with lots of heart but no heartbeat. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This unconventional psychological drama weaves a fascinating tale, and Collette and Williams give two of the summer's best performances. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Depressed and depressing drama. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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? show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Casting Williams in this thriller, adapted from Armistead Maupin's novel, was a bigger mistake than the actor's performance. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Night Listener is by no means an example of perfect filmmaking, but it is the kind of movie that stays with you. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The film is not so much suspenseful as intriguing. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Where the hero of Maupin's novel learns some valuable lessons about love and faith, the film strikes a darker, even angry tone that's far more understandable and, in the end, far more convincing. show more

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