A Midnight Clear 1992

Critics score:
87 / 100

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Johanna Steinmetz, Chicago Tribune: Despite such peculiarities, or perhaps because of them, A Midnight Clear has a quirky, haunting quality, delivering good performances all around, but especially from Sinise, Hawke and Frank Whaley. Read more

Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune: The sentiments aren`t fresh, but the skill of the writing and a superior ensemble American cast makes the drama memorable. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times: A Midnight Clear -- not quite a great war movie but certainly a sensitive, bright and supremely moral one -- shows how courage itself can be a kind of insanity. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: [Gordon] clearly relishes the story's many ironies, and he's often successful at sharing his enjoyment of them with us. Read more

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times: A Midnight Clear doesn't do as much as it might with its characters. But as a parable of human folly and fragile hope, it has considerable impact. Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: In A Midnight Clear, just about everything works. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: This fable about the futility of the war benefits not only from fine performances but an intelligent and literate offscreen narration that enhances the movie's conceptual integrity. Read more

Michael Sragow, New Yorker: It's so determined to be haunting that it gives up the ghost. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: ...It's a good film, and Gordon is uncanny in the way he suggests the eerie forest mysteries that permeate all of the action. Read more

Colette Maude, Time Out: The performances are uniformly excellent as the film moves inexorably towards bloody confrontation and spiritual reckoning. Read more

Hal Hinson, Washington Post: ...Gordon shows the kind of filmmaking talent that creates genuine excitement. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: A Midnight Clear tells a wartime yarn that's quietly, often lyrically, winning. Read more