Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. 38
    It's dreadful, despite a solid cast that includes art-house heartthrob Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette and Josh Brolin. [17 Apr 1998]
  2. Nightwatch is a horror for reasons that have nothing to do with suspenseful moviemaking.
  3. Nightwatch is a seriously overcast B-movie with rote performances from everyone but Brolin, who gives James an edge of danger that says that if he isn't a killer, he will be.
  4. Nightwatch spends so much time churning up eerie atmospheric effects that it doesn't have time to develop its preposterous story in which Martin finds himself accused of the murders.
  5. What we get are quirky characters who are such cartoons that they undermine the effectiveness of the scare scenes (Brad Dourif's turn as the weird doctor is an example) and well-composed camera angles that mean nothing.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    25
    Nightwatch quickly declines from creepy to silly. [17 Apr 1998]
  7. The biggest failing of the film is that it's the lamest possible excuse for a whodunit. [17 Apr 1998]
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User 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 was very scary, with a lot of suspense and mystery!! Watch it!!! Full Review »
  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 hate it. It's a very good thriller. Full Review »
  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 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. Full Review »