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A celebrated writer and popular late-night radio show host, Gabriel Noone, who develops an intense phone relationship with a young listener named Pete and his adopted mother just as his own domestic life is undergoing drastic changes. When troubling questions arise regarding the boy's identity, it causes Garbriel's ordered existence to spin wildly out of control as he sets out on a harrowing journey to find the truth.
Suspense Mystery Thriller - Unlike what the commercials make it out to be, this is a drama with
some mystery elements and not a straight-up thriller. Fans of
Robin Williams's comedic work will be disappointed by his very
serious role here. Sandra Oh fans will be disappointed by her very
limited screen time. There are some gay themes.
PROFANITY: 21 F-words, 8 S-words, 2 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity in brief sexual situations; sex talk. VIOLENCE: A man is shocked with a taser. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana. ACTION: A foot chase. COMEDY: An occasional wisecrack.
Roger EbertFull Review Good That's one of the best things about 'The Night Listener': You can never pigeonhole anybody (at least not for long). It's a film about people with mixed motivations (maybe even compulsions), who don't always behave with full self-awareness or self-control.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good This unconventional psychological drama weaves a fascinating tale, and Collette and Williams give two of the summer's best performances.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 91 moviegoers:OUCH! Rarely do we see opinions this low, especially from all age groups. Usually at least some age or gender group likes a movie, but not this time. Very few would recommend it to friends. This is definitely a movie I would skip.
Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams), a colorful public radio storyteller who, in the throes of his own emotional crisis, begins talking on the phone with a precocious, 14 year-old listener named Pete (Rory Culkin), a boy with his own incredible story to tell about a nightmare childhood. Still reeling from a devastating breakup with his lover of ten years (Bobby Cannavale), Gabriel finds unexpected comfort in his long-distance conversations with Pete and begins to support him in the publishing of his memoirs. But as Gabriel draws closer to Pete and his adopted mother (Toni Collette), becoming a kind of surrogate father, he also grows more and more filled with doubts about the boy's tales and macabre suspicions over who he really is – sparking a desperate, quest to uncover the elusive truth.