Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 29, 2013
    91
    There’s a youthful energy running through Una Noche that threatens to overwhelm, from it’s sun-kissed first image to its final moments on the sands of the beach.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 20, 2013
    90
    The final, moving, nerve-wracking reels are all sea, sky, and desperation.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Aug 23, 2013
    88
    Despite the bleak-ness of the situation, the film vibrates with color, noise, music, ferocious arguments (both serious and teasing), and eye-catching snapshots of everyday life in Havana.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 5, 2013
    80
    Mulloy’s only other directing credit is for the documentary short “This Morning.” She brings a documentarian’s objective eye to Una Noche, yet the actors — non-professionals — convey exactly the emotions she is looking for.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    The energy, thrum and heartache of modern Havana keep this teen drama afloat when it just as easily could have drifted into cliché waters.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 12, 2013
    75
    The depiction of Havana neither sugarcoats nor grunges-up the harsh reality. The movement intoxicates, but the situations are tough.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 22, 2013
    75
    Molloy occasionally goes overboard with her realistic approach to storytelling (there’s a sex scene that is way more graphic than it needed to be), but mostly Una noche thrums with the vibrant energy of restless youth taking their fates into their own hands, for better or worse.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 20, 2013
    75
    In Spanish with English subtitles, has a lovely, big budget sheen (Shlomo Godder was the cinematographer) and a cast that plays this as documentary real.
  9. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 13, 2013
    70
    Moving performances from Una Noche's charismatic non-pro cast, Mulloy's keen eye for visual detail and stunning cinematography by Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder of Cuba's turquoise water exploding against the sea wall offer a compelling portrait.
  10. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 1, 2013
    70
    If certain pieces of the last act are less convincing than what precedes it, the themes underlying the illicit emigration resonate with the viewer's knowledge that, in the real world, two of these Cubans actually did escape.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 22, 2013
    70
    For all its flaws, the movie, filmed with nonprofessional actors, is steadily gripping.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 29, 2013
    70
    Writer-director Lucy Mulloy’s sexy, pulsing debut feature has an undercurrent of ribald comedy that doesn’t entirely prepare the viewer for the harrowing turn it eventually takes, but it nonetheless amounts to a bracing snapshot of desperate youths putting their immigrant dreams into action.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 29, 2013
    63
    Una Noche tugged at my heartstrings, but the film's almost phantasmagoric fixation on sex can feel crass and dehumanizing.
  14. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Aug 22, 2013
    60
    Though Mulloy has a great eye for setting and theme, her grasp of character can be spotty.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 21, 2013
    58
    Throughout, Una Noche’s details — an old man singing as he staggers down the street, young boys wasting away their days playfully leaping into the water — feel authentic.
  16. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 22, 2013
    50
    Una Noche is intriguing enough, however, to make you hope that both Mulloy and her actors are heard from again, sooner rather than later.
  17. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Aug 20, 2013
    40
    Documentarian Anailín Lucy Mulloy’s eye for the decaying textures of modern Cuba on the ground is sharp, and there are passages—as the dull characters mope and kill time and work up snits—in which you wish the movie were simply nonfiction. As it is, everything feels fake except the Centro Habana barrios themselves.
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  1. Lyn
    Mar 16, 2014
    5
    I admired the atmospherics in this film, a contrast to the Cuban government-sponsored journalistic forays I've read about. ("Look at the architecture and old cars! Sip the rum! Smoke the cigars!") This gives you a more gritty look at the Cuba that a lot of people still want to escape. But the acting is heavy on sincerity, lighter on skill. You will NOT be surprised to read that the director employed nonprofessionals. Also, the rather histrionic sexual subplots felt layered on for effect. It's nicely filmed, though, and engaging. Full Review »