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  • Summary: College student Martin Bells (McGregor) takes a job as the night watchman at the local morgue. A serial killer is on the loose and Martin soon becomes the number one suspect in Inspector Cray's (Nolte) eyes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. 67
    The film is shot (by Dan Lausten) with a credible creepiness, and it teems with clever touches. [17 Apr 1998]
  2. 63
    Danish writer-director Ole Bornedal delivers up a stylish thriller whose murky, shot-through-pond-scum cinematography is its most distinctive feature.
  3. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    50
    The new outing - which retains the essential twists of the original, a hit overseas that was never released Stateside - has been physically enhanced with American production values and a marquee cast, but much of the earlier film's humanity and mordant humor have been lost in translation
  4. It's rough when it works and rough when it doesn't. Much of the first hour is made up of slow patches, while the last 20 minutes are ugly and terrifying.
  5. Tasteless and without redeeming social value, and also dank with the stench of decomposition masked by not enough formaldehyde, Nightwatch is the best kind of movie pleasure, a completely guilty one. [17 Apr 1998]
  6. Nightwatch is a horror for reasons that have nothing to do with suspenseful moviemaking.
  7. The biggest failing of the film is that it's the lamest possible excuse for a whodunit. [17 Apr 1998]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 26, 2013
    10
    Perfect!!! I am not a horror fan, but this one is excellent!!! Ewan McGregor played his role very good, and I want to see it again!!!! It wasPerfect!!! I am not a horror fan, but this one is excellent!!! Ewan McGregor played his role very good, and I want to see it again!!!! It was very scary, with a lot of suspense and mystery!! Watch it!!! Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    10
    I actually love horror pictures, and this one is one of my favourites!!! It's highly underrated, and I cannot understand why most people hateI actually love horror pictures, and this one is one of my favourites!!! It's highly underrated, and I cannot understand why most people hate it. It's a very good thriller. Expand
  3. RussellE.
    Nov 18, 2007
    8
    Based on pure audacity and full tilt boogie forward I can easily overlook the obvious gaps in the story and enjoy this totally outrageous Based on pure audacity and full tilt boogie forward I can easily overlook the obvious gaps in the story and enjoy this totally outrageous futuristic spin on 'what if' gone wild. Great character development, fantastic face off scenario, and a who cares what Hollywood does bravado. Inspirational, imaginative, and impulsive. Day Watch, the sequel, is even more gonzo. Can't wait for the third part and last piece of the puzzle. Expand