Night Moves
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NIGHT MOVES, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam-the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise. Harmon is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless alpha male he always was, eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena is a high… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Night Moves, including its title, borders on generic."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"You may not buy the third-act developments, but Reichardt and her actors see to it that you believe in how these people got to that third act in the first place."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"if a love of nature is (maybe) the original motor of Josh's actions, human nature, in all its shadowy complexity, is very much the film's focus."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Here is a thriller that portrays the heavy ramifications of a "justified" crime with a steady, grounded rhythm that gives power to every sin committed."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Taking her cues from Hitchcock, Reichardt invites us to connect (if not quite empathise) with unlikable characters as they attempt to accomplish undesirable outcomes."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Reichardt wisely leaves it for her audience to decide."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
""Night Moves" is a study of murky actions, fuzzy ideals and wrong moves for righteous reasons."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This may be a slow-burning thriller about eco-terrorists, but it's also directed by Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff), a filmmaker who maintains an oddly aloof perspective while moving at her own steady pace."
‑ Rich Cline,
"There certainly isn't any extraneous action in Night Moves. But it is precisely its leanness and the tight focus of its storytelling that make it such a tense thriller."
‑ Laurence Phelan, Independent
"All three leads are perfect."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
""Night Moves" is an unexpected pleasure, offering more than what we expect and taking its time to deliver."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"As in Wendy and Lucy, the natural and social environs are impeccably authentic, in this case conveying the bohemian radicalism of the Portland area that nurtures the trio's dangerous scheme."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Reichardt and regular co-writer Jon Raymond display a keen ear for the fragile rhetoric of the self-righteous."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Reichardt probes away at her characters' motivations and contradictory feelings. She doesn't judge them, but makes it very clear how quickly their idealism becomes muddied once they dirty their hands with direct action."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"It's creepy, unsettling and depressing, but that's what makes it so insightful on so many levels because this is a story about moral responsibility."
‑ Katherine Monk,
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