Night on Earth
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Jim Jarmusch's deadpan comedy-of-the-night is a collection of five vignettes taking place in the enclosed space of a cab ride, each occurring simultaneously in five different cities and five different time zones -- Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. The Los Angeles episode takes place at dusk, as high-powered casting agent Victoria (Gena Rowlands) gets a ride from L.A. International Airport with tomboy driver Corky (Winona Ryder), who would rather go on driving her cab than take up Victoria's offer to make her a superstar. In New York City, novice East German cabbie… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though it may take a while to get Jarmusch's gist, hang in there; by the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most filmmakers don't even notice."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Unfortunately, Jarmusch's lackadaisical minimalist aesthetic and his chronic lack of energy are the only unifying elements."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Takes us to places most other filmmakers never do."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Almost good, but not quite there."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Flawed by fascinating"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"With this, his fourth commercially released feature, Mr. Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
""Night on Earth" sounds better than it turns out to be."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Jarmusch's most accessible exercise to date while also his least seen"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Beautiful color cityscapes"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's as though this cab ride of a movie keeps moving forward with no clear destination or purpose."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"At the end, we have learned no great lessons and arrived at no thrilling conclusions, but we have shared the community of the night, when people are unbuttoned and vulnerable - more ready to speak about what's really on their minds."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Night on Earth dawdles a bit, and a couple of the segments, notably the one in Helsinki, feel like half-baked epiphanies. Throughout, though, there are moments that catch you delightfully off guard."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Revisiting his interest in oblique comedy, Jarmusch explores a primal relationship, that of a passenger and taxi driver, using the cab as a temporary shared world, from which one party may emerge shaken up or feeling differently about himself/herself"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A clever glimpse of the human condition via taxi drivers and their passengers in five different cities"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Jarmusch's movies aren't for everyone - but for the sophisticated audience he pursues there are sometimes great rewards."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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