Nightwatching (2007)

In 1642 Amsterdam was the richest city in the Western World. It was the year that saw the great artist Rembrandt fall from riches into poverty by painting his masterpiece: The Nightwatch. Greenaway's sinuous tale of murder and betrayal… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's not just Greenaway's best film in years, but one of his best films, period.

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Jay Weissberg

There's a zest for life in almost every frame

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

As visually fascinating as anything Greenaway has done, this film's narrative is so convoluted that it's virtually impossible to follow

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

What truly galls is that Greenaway has the germ of a great movie here.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Like all Greenaway films, it's not for all tastes.

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Peter Bradshaw

Often, Greenaway's handling of actors is his weakest point: but he gets fiercely intelligent performances here from Martin Freeman and Eva Birthistle as the artist and his wife Saskia.

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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

...the dialogue's hyper-intensity is the whole point, and Greenaway frames it with a heavy reliance on set design, rather than his usual use of overlapping images.

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Quentin Clarke

If you're aware of Peter Greenaway's work you'll know to expect luscious visuals, plenteous sex and nudity, and a certain degree of impenetrability

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

There is a vertiginous sense that Freeman could, after all, have been a contender, if not in the Laughton weight class.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
Let's get the praise (much deserved) out of the way before I tackle the problems I had with this fine film. The production design is awesome, in the… More
Red Lats
This movie is about Rembrandt painting his most famous painting called "The Night Watch". Supposedly it is an avant-garde film, but it seemed to be a… More
Eric Broome
Certainly, "Nightwatching" -- writer/director Peter Greenaway's inventive take on Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" -- has… More