Nightwatching (Nocna straz)
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
In 1642 Amsterdam was the richest city in the Western World. It was the year that saw the great artist Rembrandt fall from riches into poverty by painting his masterpiece: The Nightwatch. Greenaway's sinuous tale of murder and betrayal meticulously captures the incredible story.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not just Greenaway's best film in years, but one of his best films, period."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"There's a zest for life in almost every frame"
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"As visually fascinating as anything Greenaway has done, this film's narrative is so convoluted that it's virtually impossible to follow"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Nightwatching is a noble experiment in bringing the inner life of Rembrandt's work sharply into focus, but the effect is one of stupefying dullness."
‑ Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies
"... the entire film is designed to look like a Rembrandt canvas, right down to the careful composition of the players within the frame."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"What truly galls is that Greenaway has the germ of a great movie here."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Like all Greenaway films, it's not for all tastes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Often, Greenaway's handling of actors is his weakest point: but he gets fiercely intelligent performances here from Martin Freeman and Eva Birthistle as the artist and his wife Saskia."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Martin Freeman's chippy, cocky artist is riveting, as tender to dying wife Saskia (a knowing Eve Birthistle) as he is tricky with his militia patrons..."
‑ Kate Stables, Total Film
"Like making a biopic about Michelangelo and casting Benny Hill in the lead role."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"...the dialogue's hyper-intensity is the whole point, and Greenaway frames it with a heavy reliance on set design, rather than his usual use of overlapping images."
‑ Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
"If you're aware of Peter Greenaway's work you'll know to expect luscious visuals, plenteous sex and nudity, and a certain degree of impenetrability"
‑ Quentin Clarke, Film4
"There is a vertiginous sense that Freeman could, after all, have been a contender, if not in the Laughton weight class."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Speculative but gorgeously presented account of Rembrandt's creation of his masterpiece with Martin Freeman on cracking form."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"A rambling, theatrical, frequently didactic study of a turning point in the Dutch painter's life."
‑ , Screen International
More reviews for Nightwatching (Nocna straz) on Rotten Tomatoes