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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SlowBy Webrat (6 reviews) from Southall , 08 Apr 2009This was too slow for me.
Didn't watch all of thisBy crispin40 (562 reviews) from Stirling, Scotland , 20 Mar 2009Watched the beginning of this but it was very slow and self conscious.Decided we couldn't be bothered with it. Couldn't be bothered with the book either even tho we have read others by this author and enjoyed them. Hoped the film would be betterbut no luck.
DONT LISTEN (EVEN AT NIGHT)By a customer from Northwich , 09 Mar 2009THIS IS A FILM PREDOMINANTLY ABOUT A LADY WHO CLEARLY HAS DEEP ROOTED PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS BUT I FAIL TO APPRECIATE WHY IT WAS WORTH MAKING INTO A FILM ?, IT MAY BE INTERESTING SUBJECT MATTER BUT THE FILM HAS BEEN EXTREMELY OVER DRAMATISED TO THE POINT THAT YOU SUSPECT IT MAY BE A HORROR OR GHOST MOVIE BUT IT ISNT. THE FACT THAT YOU DISCOVER THE PLOT AFTER ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES LEAVES YOU FEELING SOMETHING UNPREDICTABLE MUST HAPPEN AT THE END. IT DOESNT. DONT BOTHER ANTICIPATING IT. WILLIAMS PLAYS A SIMILAR ROLE TO THAT OF ALL HIS OTHER NON COMEDIC VENTURES (QUIET, MOROSE, MONOTONE) ALTHOUGH TO BE FAIR HE DOES PLAY THE ROLE WELL AND HIS ACTING STYLE SUITS THE FILM! NOT WORTH WATCHING.
Where were the jokes?By a customer from Midlands , 03 Mar 2009I have to say that Robin Williams' decision to take more serious roles has not entirely paid off. He always looked pi**ed off and sounds fed up, even when he is supposed to be happy. I guess its all that sarcasm he has peddled for all these years. There is no suspense in this film and if you don't guess what's happening within 10 minutes you don't deserve to know how to use a DVD player!
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The Night ListenerBy a customer from Bristol , 15 Feb 2009I liked this, it's good to see Williams in a more serious role.