Mala Noche
Mala Noche (2007)

The debut film of director Gus Van Sant, this independent, low-budget comedy-drama based on an autobiographical novel by Walt Curtis was produced on black-and-white 16 mm film for only $25,000. Tim Streeter stars as Walt, the manager of a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Even at the start of his career, Van Sant has always been an artist who has savored the bittersweet pleasure of sadness and pain.

Nathan Lee
Village Voice

Underseen but not exactly neglected, Mala Noche isn't in the same league as the recent smash IFC revival of Killer of Sheep. But this small, sensitive, wondrously likable debut occupies a nearby nook in the DIY pantheon.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Mala Noche is a study in infatuation and rejection, euphoria and frustration, and Van Sant observes their dance of desire and dismissal and wary coexistence without judgment.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Of all Van Sant's movies, Mala Noche is the rawest, most personal, and least freighted. It's the one fans should see for the simplest inkling into Van Sant's complex artistic roots.

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Mark Salisbury
Time Out

Offbeat, offhand, and at times off-the-wall.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

About open homosexual lust.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

Van Sant would later refine some of the blunter stylistic turns into a wondrous visual poetry; his ability to capture the addictive pull of desire, however, remains compelling even in its crudest state.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A very well-made movie, terse and to the point, nicely photographed by John Campbell and written and directed by Mr. Van Sant with sardonic humor.

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Paul Schrodt
House Next Door

White and other critics have accused the director of "race and class indifference," but Van Sant's approach has always been personal and deeply confessional, if not outwardly political.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
Just a beautiful looking film. Gus Van Sant gives a dark, urban atmosphere without the confines of mainstream cinema. He shows a love/obsession that is usually… More
Cameron Johnson
This film's title makes me think of melanoma, which would indeed make for a pretty "bad night". ...I'd like to joke that no one gets the pun… More
Nicki Marie
Interesting first movie for Gas Van Sant. The black and white suits it and I liked how it was filmed. Story is slight, and couldn't really see what Walt… More
Quinto Wallight
Reminds me of how easily one can confuse lust with love and be blinded by it. The film is beautiful, but has an overall like there's something lost,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Mala Noche," Gus Van Sant's promising debut film about drifters, starts with a chance meeting between a white hipster… More