The Night Listener details
|Starring:||Toni Collette, Robin Williams, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Morton|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Wicked Winter Tales|
The Night Listener
|Run time:||1 hour 18 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Apr 2007|
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The HauntingBy Redondo (42 reviews) from Swindon , 12 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]To achieve maximum enjoyment from watching The Night Listener DO NOT read any other review on this page with a date that proceeds mine. The other reviews contain plot spoilers and are written by narrow minded reviewers. Having said that, everyone is entitled to their opinion and we all look for different things in film. The spoilers are not on though.
Your enjoyment of The Night Listener will largely depend on whether you choose to accept that not all films in this genre mirror The Sixth Sense and have to contain a 'twist' to be effective. The realisation that The Night Listener is a true story also helps support our understanding towards the subtleties of this film. I'm not Robin Williams' biggest fan but here he is superb playing a head strong character with a big heart. The film is tense and well structured. It isn't a cinematic film, it's small and therefore suits DVD. There is a strong haunting throughout the film and although the films conclusion may infuriate some for different reasons, it is the true conclusion to a real life mystery and therefore has integrity. The Night Listener is for those who enjoy patient mystery thrillers that linger in the mind.
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night listenerBy sweatyfoot35 (15 reviews) from Birmingham , 19 May 2009Another classic from Robin Williams,the suspense was a little slow coming but I thought it was a good Saturday night spooky film.
MarmiteBy a customer from Liverpool , 10 May 2009You will either love or hate this film. Some of the reviewers have already given too much away so I'll be very careful what I write. You are better off watching this without any prior knowledge or prejudices. The fact that I had never heard of it before and just caught it by chance on TV definitely contributed to my enjoyment as I had no idea where the plot was going. So if you really want to enjoy it, stop reading now and just rent the thing! For those who already know some of the story or want a bit more information before they rent, it was a good thriller with some great and genuinely unsettling performances, especially from Toni Collette, but it may disappoint those wanting a blockbuster with a Hollywood ending. Also not recommended if you are feeling miserable as it is not the most upbeat film.
The Night ListenerBy SprinkleOma (14 reviews) from Newport Pagnell , 09 May 2009This film did not live up to our expectations...
Bit slowBy a customer from Newcastle Upon Tyne , 07 May 2009Not bad, acting from Robin Williams is not his best, but you can kinda guess what is going to unfold. Only watch if you have nothing else to do and you have a couple of hours to spare.
For fans of the novel only....By a customer from London , 09 Apr 2009'The Night Listener' by Armistead Maupin was a novel that came out about 5 years ago and is well worth reading, it's a suspenseful and moving read, which is why I was so intrigued by the film version.
Unfortunatley, despite the film makers and cast's best efforts many parts of the film lack intrigue and suspense. On the plus side, it's very well shot and the art direction is great. Toni Collette and Robin Williams make the most of their roles, but apart from one/two 'shock' moments the film does not deliver as a psycholigical thriller, a mood piece would be closer to the mark. The audience are not given enough to really invest in the characters and ultimately I ended up not caring about the outcome, Gabriel's relationship with his father and boyfriend were particularly under-written and unsatisfying (the ending has been adapted, rather than provide interest I found it gimmicky).
I would say this film is for Armistead Maupin completists only and was otherwise fairly average.