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  • Release Date: May 30, 2014
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 5, 2014
    100
    It’s a richly engrossing drama, so long as you understand that it’s aiming for the head, not the gut.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 30, 2014
    91
    Night Moves may have a soft, almost dreamy feel, but at the core it’s crucially hard-headed. In its own quiet way, in how it pulls together our utopian ideals and home-grown fears, it’s the zeitgeist movie of the moment.
  3. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 16, 2013
    91
    Eisenberg does an enormous amount with what he has, proving to be sinister and vulnerable virtually within the same breath, and expertly putting across the torment he’s going through.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jun 12, 2014
    88
    This is a quietly gripping gem.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 30, 2014
    88
    Night Moves eschews traditional tension-building through plot twists and betrayals to focus on its characters, as Reichardt uses her increasingly impressive sense of composition and intuitive pacing to slow burn the audience into a state of anxiety instead of manipulatively pushing them there.
  6. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jun 5, 2014
    83
    All three leads give effective, low-key performances. (I don’t remember a single character raising a voice.) Their acting fits the tone of this movie and all the ones Reichardt directs: Her camera moves slowly, and she accumulates tension by showing detail after detail.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 16, 2013
    83
    No stranger to crafting excessive anticipation, Reichardt has funneled that skill into thriller clothing. However, like all of her output, nothing is as simple as it looks.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Oct 1, 2014
    3
    Holy cow, the critics are dead wrong on this one. Dakota Fanning is a bomb, even next to Eisenberg and Sarsgaard she is as flat as a board, it's a wonder she didn't bring those two down. The cinematography is redeeming, the shots are very well composed if not a little lacking in interest and prolonged. The plot tries to be full, but doesn't drag itself out of the hipster art-kid theme it sets up in the first act. Not worth watching. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2014
    4
    All was good, I was willing to wait as the plot unfolded, and love that tension is built by what doesn't happen as much as by what does. My biggest disappointment is the ending, which is nonsensical, unbelievable and out of character, given how the lead actor's role is handled. Perhaps this is a flaw in direction, or in Eisenberg's artistic choices, but it spoils the film for me. It feels like a "then I woke up" ending. Full Review »
  3. Sep 18, 2014
    5
    Not nearly enough material to make a full-length movie out of this. So extremely boring. The message of the movie is fine and the acting and directing is good enough as well, but quite frustrating to get through the whole thing, and I'm usually a big fan of laid-back slow movies. Full Review »