The Night Listener
The Night Listener (2006)

A troubled radio talk show host's desperate attempt to contact the ailing teenage author of a disturbing manuscript leads him to a shocking series of revelations in director Patrick Stettner's big-screen adaptation of Armistead… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 4, 2006
DVD 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

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.

Cole Smithey

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.

Tony Macklin

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.

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.

Michael Dequina

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
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!
Dean King
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
Robert C
Let me begin by saying that with few exceptions (One Hour Photo) Robin Williams is not a "draw" for me. But while he did seem slightly miscast in… More

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