Nightwatching (Nocna straz)
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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.
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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, Seanax.com
"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 [UK]
"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
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