Night Catches Us
Night Catches Us (2010)

In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, "The Hurt Locker") returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A bold, original debut, Night Catches Us personalizes a tumultuous period in American history thanks to strong performances from Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Tanya Hamilton directed her own script, and though her ending leaves loose ends dangling, the movie is refreshing for its seriousness and originality.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Its rhythm forces audiences to pay attention to what its superb actors express non-verbally, and to measure the weight of the characters' past lives.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Despite some on-the-nose dialogue and a needless revelatory flourish toward the end, Hamilton gets at the strangeness of lived American history, in which violent ruptures leave behind poorly understood scars.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Except for a stellar soundtrack by the Roots, there isn't much here to make anyone overly excited.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film leads to no showy conclusion, no spectacular climax. It is about movement possible within the soul even in difficult times.

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Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters

...Night Catches Us has a lived-in, almost languid feel, with artistic cinematography by David Tumblety capturing moments that are as perfectly framed as still photographs.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

As a director, Hamilton makes Liv Ullmann look like an action movie director - and just for the record, Ullmann makes Ingmar Bergman look like Jerry Bruckheimer.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Night Catches Us, a politically sophisticated and ethically serious film, makes no big speeches or obvious points.

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Nell Minow
Beliefnet

February 1, 2011 Writer-director Tanya Hamilton and two of today's most gifted actors have produced a sensitive drama with a powerful conclusion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Set in Philadelphia in 1976, this is a nicely low-key drama about a former Black Panther named Marcus who returns to his old neighborhood after years of absence… More
Walter M.
It is Philadelphia in 1976. Marcus(Anthony Mackie), a former Black Panther, returns home for the first time in four years for his father's funeral. His… More
Kyle S
A great debut. One of the best films of the year. Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington both deliver great performances, and the film has a great soundtrack by… More