Nightwatch

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

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    It's gritty, nasty, predictably meat-and-potatoes suspense, but genuinely gonzo fun nonetheless.
  2. 50
    The filmmakers show habitual thriller viewers some respect by condensing the background story into iconic sound and image bites during the opening-credits sequence, suggesting they know we get the drill; this and the other stylish elements make it all the more disappointing that the movie's mediocre.
  3. 50
    It's a visually effective and often scary film to watch, but the story is so leaky that we finally just give up.
  4. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    50
    It comes off as an amalgam of everything that was cool in 1996, when we first saw the trailer.
  5. 50
    If not for Bornedal's stylish approach to the material and a couple of effectively chilling sequences, Nightwatch would have been a complete waste of time and effort.
  6. 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.
  7. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    50
    With its glum litany of naked corpses and mutilations, and understated actors looking bluish under the morgue's fluorescent lights, Nightwatch drains the fun out of horror. [17 Apr 1998]
  8. 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
  9. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    50
    Nightwatch is passable stuff for undiscriminating fans of the ickier-the-better genre; for the rest of us, it offers nothing new. [17 Apr 1998]
  10. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    40
    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]
User Score
1.0

Overwhelming dislike- based on 71 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 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!!! 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 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. 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 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 »