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Night Moves

Thriller . Drama

The story about three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

Actors: Jesse Eisenberg , Dakota Fanning , Alia Shawkat , Peter Sarsgaard , Katherine Waterston , James Le Gros , Griffin Newman , Logan Miller , Kai Lennox , Barry Del Sherman
Directors: Kelly Reichardt
Country: USA
Release: 2014-04-23
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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It’s a richly engrossing drama, so long as you understand that it’s aiming for the head, not the gut.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Night Moves may have a soft, almost dreamy feel, but at the core it’s crucially hard-headed. In its own quiet way, in how it pulls together our utopian ideals and home-grown fears, it’s the zeitgeist movie of the moment.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    Eisenberg does an enormous amount with what he has, proving to be sinister and vulnerable virtually within the same breath, and expertly putting across the torment he’s going through.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is a quietly gripping gem.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Night Moves eschews traditional tension-building through plot twists and betrayals to focus on its characters, as Reichardt uses her increasingly impressive sense of composition and intuitive pacing to slow burn the audience into a state of anxiety instead of manipulatively pushing them there. Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    All three leads give effective, low-key performances. (I don’t remember a single character raising a voice.) Their acting fits the tone of this movie and all the ones Reichardt directs: Her camera moves slowly, and she accumulates tension by showing detail after detail.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    No stranger to crafting excessive anticipation, Reichardt has funneled that skill into thriller clothing. However, like all of her output, nothing is as simple as it looks.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Gripping, smart and well-tooled, this greenies-on-a-mission movie gives terrific build-up and a riveting central set-piece, with only a slight dip at the end. If she is looking for another genre to subvert, a Reichardt superhero movie would be a sight to behold.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Night Moves is an unexpected pleasure, offering more than what we expect and taking its time to deliver.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    A slow-burning suspense thriller about a trio of eco-terrorists conspiring to blow up a dam, it’s directed by Reichardt with the concision and elegance of a chess master.

    Slate Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The influence of early Alfred Hitchcock is all over this movie, translated in unusual and original fashion. Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    What happens when a seemingly righteous operation goes wrong and anxiety threatens to overtake ideals? It is the question Night Moves asks and answers in chilling ways.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus, built around a Jesse Eisenberg performance that doesn’t give much away, at least not easily.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    That patience of Reichardt's, and her dedication to showing us exclusively the things that we must see, makes the scenes of preparation — boat parking, fertilizer buying — hypnotic and suspenseful and practical all at once.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Denby

    What happens at the dam, filmed at night, with only shimmering light, is the most nerve-racking sequence in recent movies. Reichardt, despite the film’s absences, has achieved an impressive control over the medium.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Rooney

    After a terrific first hour that crescendos in an extended sequence of quiet yet potent white-knuckle suspense, the film loses some traction in the more challengingly paced second half. But it remains an engrossing reflection on radical violence and its fallout.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Kelly Reichardt blends her lucid observational approach with a topical-thriller format to engrossing effect in Night Moves.

    Variety Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    This director, in the past, has shown herself to be an ace with the teasing, hanging ending and Night Moves saves the best for last.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    This is mesmerically assured and tensile film-making, with two complex and plausible performances at its core, and the shin-stinging kick of a Chaucerian moral fable.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Night Moves doesn’t give us much reason to like or empathize with its protagonists, but neither does it discount their activism. In this way, the film spurs contemplation. If it’s food for thought you’re looking for, you won’t go hungry with Night Moves.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Though at times it threatens to become too generic to be original, or too original to be generic, it retains enough indirection to frustrate those looking for thrills and to engage those willing to be challenged. And by the time the bottom drops out in a characteristically enigmatic ending, Night Moves distinguishes itself as a genuine Reichardt movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The movie's centerpiece and peak is the operation itself, which Reichardt depicts with the pulse-pounding patience of a classic heist sequence like that in "Rififi."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Don’t expect Hitchcock or De Palma here — Reichardt is much too low-key and modest for such crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics — but one long, sustained shot near the end seems to suggest that people who are convinced they are doing the right thing are capable of great evil.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Night Moves is a thoughtful, clear-eyed and provocative film that raises thorny questions but doesn't offer easy answers.

    USA Today Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    There’s a certain muddled ambivalence to the movie; one gets the impression that Reichardt is more interested in these people than their ideas, but she never quite cracks Josh, who’s much more impenetrably aloof than the beleaguered travelers of "Meek’s Cutoff", her masterpiece. Night Moves is a portrait of outsiders that leaves its audience on the outside.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matthew Kassel

    You will take pleasure in the performances of three top-notch actors — Dakota Fanning, who has matured into a fine young film star, Jesse Eisenberg, frighteningly brooding, and the always excellent Peter Sarsgaard.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    While the first hour is evocative and suspenseful, the second doesn’t quite muster the depths of paranoia and doom you’re led to expect.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    Like Michael Cera's two recent films with Sebastian Silva, Night Moves reveals the dark core contained within an actor's nice-guy neuroticism.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is a cunning piece of storytelling, but it’s thin.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Some of the climactic turns seem to follow the kind of narrative rules that this film, and this filmmaker, have otherwise defied.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The second half, though, is chilling, as the trio’s actions come into sharp, painful focus. Too bad Reichardt has no ending.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Reichardt hangs her film on Eisenberg, who subtly suggests a loner whose primary gift for the cause is he whole in his soul where a longing or human contact should be. It’s a terrific performance and it holds the movie together even as Night Moves stumbles toward its foregone, and rather poorly handled, conclusion.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    So be forewarned: What admirers will consider measured may read, to the unimpressed, as merely slow-moving.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    As a procedural study, Night Moves is undeniably effective: The buildup is slow, painstaking and intense, the fallout inevitable but still shocking...But the soul is somehow missing.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Night Moves, which shows her at her best and worst, also shows two roads, right and wrong, that Reichardt can choose to pursue. As someone who likes this filmmaker even when I don't like her movies, I hope she takes the harder road.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The story is a shallow-draft bark with flat characters on board: Josh, in particular, is de-energized to the point of entropy. Night Moves suffers from a lack of mystery and a deficit of motion.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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