The Night Listener
The Night Listener (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This psychological thriller compels by blurring the line between truth and fiction; unfortunately, the film itself gets muddled in a hazy account of Maupin's original novel.

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

This thriller about books, belief and betrayal covers topical terrain -- JT LeRoy and James Frey, anyone? -- but itself proves unbelievable.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A quietly disturbing and effectively haunting little gem.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

The film's over-leveraged plot imparts diminishing results as its predictable revelation arrives with an unsatisfying anticlimax.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

The plot dawdles along, intrigue gives way to risible melodrama, and [director] Patrick Stettner fails to get to grips with the issues.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Williams delivers a solid, twinkle-free (though closed-off) performance, but the film as a whole can't decide what it wants to be.

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Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

The Night Listener shamelessly jerks its audence this way and that, until it arrives at its lacklustre anti-climactic conclusion.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

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.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Even at 82 minutes, the film seems padded out, spinning its wheels and generating no suspense once the central, easily answered question is introduced.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A creepy and unsettling film. Robin Williams' performance was excellently suited to the character in this suspense film. I only wish we could have seen… More
Dean !
Not very good at all. Very slow film with very little happening in it all based around one plot idea. Based on true events, however at 76 mins long there just… More
Anthony Lawrie
The Night Listener is relatively short and sweet really. It's based on true events and is believable throughout. I respect the fact that the twist… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Listen for the truth."</i> In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young… More
familiar stranger
The concept is good, but there's nothing beyond that here. Direction, acting, screenplay, background score: everything seemed too phony and quite… More
Wahida K
Hand on my Chest. A Brilliant Piece!

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