Night on Earth
Night on Earth (1991)

In this strangely compelling film, five entirely different cab rides in five locations around the world are shown unfolding simultaneously. Each ride is fraught with high drama; in one, an effusive Roman driver Roberto Benigni insists on… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 12, 1991
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though it may take a while to get Jarmusch's gist, hang in there; by the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most filmmakers don't even notice.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Unfortunately, Jarmusch's lackadaisical minimalist aesthetic and his chronic lack of energy are the only unifying elements.

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Derek Smith
Slant Magazine

Throughout, Jim Jarmusch playfully blurs the line between driver/passenger, servant/customer, and native/immigrant.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

With this, his fourth commercially released feature, Mr. Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"Night on Earth" sounds better than it turns out to be.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Takes us to places most other filmmakers never do.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At the end, we have learned no great lessons and arrived at no thrilling conclusions, but we have shared the community of the night, when people are unbuttoned and vulnerable - more ready to speak about what's really on their minds.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Night on Earth dawdles a bit, and a couple of the segments, notably the one in Helsinki, feel like half-baked epiphanies. Throughout, though, there are moments that catch you delightfully off guard.

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Chris Cabin

Jarmusch's most accessible exercise to date while also his least seen

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I may be over inflating the rating by just a bit (maybe a half-star too many), but this movie, or better yet, collection of five related vignettes really got to… More
Ken Stachnik
Very funny and even touching at times. An odd cult film made in the way only Jarmusch can. Worth it for Benigni's segment alone.
Graham Jones
With this collection of shorts Jarmusch still has done no wrong. I especially love the first sequence with Gena Rowlands and Winona Ryder as well as the… More
Michael S
Jarmusch's best work. A masterpiece. *On my "best of the 1990s" list.
Jennifer Xu
I so don't believe Winona Ryder as a cab driver but I think that's the point.
Ross Collins
5 cities, 5 cabs, 1 night. A mixture of philosophical sketches that only briefly makes one ponder and comedy sketches that work better. It may once have been an… More