The Night Listener
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A man whose life has been touched by tragic illness is drawn into the life of another victim whose story has an unsettling twist in this drama. Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) is a radio talk show host who has developed a loyal following for his deeply personal on-air monologues, many of which deal with his relationship with his companion Jess (Bobby Cannavale), who is HIV-positive and struggling with his health. When Jess' condition improves, he surprises Gabriel by announcing he needs his space and has decided to break up with him. Gabriel is shaken and feels creatively blocked until Ashe… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This thriller about books, belief and betrayal covers topical terrain -- JT LeRoy and James Frey, anyone? -- but itself proves unbelievable."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"A quietly disturbing and effectively haunting little gem."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The film's over-leveraged plot imparts diminishing results as its predictable revelation arrives with an unsatisfying anticlimax."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"One of those films where it's easy to recognize something's going on and there's interesting intentions but it just never comes together."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"A somber storyline, empty scares and a deceptive ending are not likely to spell box-office success."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"The plot dawdles along, intrigue gives way to risible melodrama, and [director] Patrick Stettner fails to get to grips with the issues."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Williams delivers a solid, twinkle-free (though closed-off) performance, but the film as a whole can't decide what it wants to be."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The Night Listener shamelessly jerks its audence this way and that, until it arrives at its lacklustre anti-climactic conclusion."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"The talents of Williams and Collette are wasted in this ultimately silly psychological thriller that aspires to explore the line dividing perception from reality,""
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A strange and creepy film about lonely people who are more than a little crazy."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The pacing and staging of the later scenes could use a little more electricity and momentum, and a little less restraint. Yet The Night Listener keeps you watching. And listening."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The movie might make for a good book, but it's too awkward and lacks the necessary action for a film. And Williams' rather sluggish approach doesn't help much. Eventually, we just aren't interested in tagging along with him."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Even at 82 minutes, the film seems padded out, spinning its wheels and generating no suspense once the central, easily answered question is introduced."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...effectively captures the essence of the novel without slavishly adhering to its every nuance..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A small suspense-thriller to scratch your Hitchcockian itch."
‑ Jeff Otto,
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