Twilight
Twilight (1998)

Robert Benton (Places in the Heart) directed this urban detective thriller, set in Los Angeles, from a screenplay by Benton and Richard Russo. The title derives from a film-industry term: late-afternoon lighting led cinematographers to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 6, 1998
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It suffers from a frustratingly deliberate pace, but with nuanced performances from Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, and Reese Witherspoon to fall back on, Twilight can't help but be compelling.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Despite its pluses, despite trying to do all the right things, Twilight comes up lacking in both energy and plot, two areas that no noir, geezer or otherwise, can afford to be caught short in.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

A fascinating, elegantly plotted yarn that offers a haunting perspective on who we seem to be, who we are and what really counts.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

neither day nor night and neither fish nor fowl. The picture swaggers from moody mystery to raunchy comedy, and neither style is Benton or Russo's forte.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie's story is too obvious in its message, and too absurd in its plotting.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The movie has a hazy, sleepy, and sad look that reminded me (favorably) of Chinatown. Brilliant.

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

If this movie were cast with no-name actors or even rising stars, it would only be boring and undistinguished. But with a bill full of high-powered names like these, it's a downright disappointment.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Part of Twilight's charm is the way it reconfigures Rio Bravo, El Dorado, and Rio Lobo in the process of making its own discoveries, not so much imitating or appropriating the earlier films as applying their strategies to goals quite alien to Hawks.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Never less than engaging and intelligent.

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Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online

Imagine a Medicare version of the private eye Paul Newman played in both "Harper" (1966) and "The Drowning Pool" (1976), and you have "Twilight."

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Cast is far above the material in this throwback try at a noir in color. If you like any of the actors worth checking out.
Steven Vincent Gee
So many good actors and actresses, but the movie is a total "flop". The book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is more better than this movie.
Dean King
A decent slow paced thriller, more of a detective story really. It has a great cast Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, Paul Newman and a very early, memorable role… More
Kyle S
In this faithful adaptation, Bella is played by Susan Sarandon, Edward by Paul Newman, and Jacob by Gene Hackman. This film is a masterpiece on all fronts, you… More
Bruce Bruce
Twilight: There is a number of movies out there with the title just plain Twilight, they seem to come out every few years. This is not the 2009 Vampire Movie… More