Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 5, 2013
    An old fashioned romantic mystery that benefits from a wizened, much-honored cast and a still-exotic setting.
  2. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Dec 5, 2013
    Gentle has its charms, and August's vision of the world, archaic though it may willingly be, is appealingly urbane .
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Dec 9, 2013
    Bloodless, far too genteel, and perfectly content to continually tell where a little showing would be nice; Night Train to Lisbon ends up a deeply unadventurous adventure story.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Dec 6, 2013
    It’s all terribly talky and low-energy; that wonderful noirish title, it turns out, was just a front for a history lecture.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 5, 2013
    After barely stirring to life, Night Train to Lisbon mercifully expires.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Dec 6, 2013
    Bille August's film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 5, 2013
    Murder on the Orient Express, this ain’t.
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 5, 2013
    Take the last train to anywhere but here.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    This film is gripping, nicely-paced, and lovely to look at. The shift between the earlier years and the present is skillfully executed, the two sets of actors excellent. I admired and enjoyed every aspect of the telling of this story. Jeremy Irons made the professor's uncharacteristic actions believable. I loved this one. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    Great film. It's an adventure on real life, an adult movie, in the sense teenagers will find nothing for them here, no boobs, no blood, no explosions. Very poetic with beautiful locations and historical insights into Portuguese dictatorship makes this an must watch if you're a mature, intelligent person. Full Review »