The Sunlit Night

critic Reviews

, 34% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Jenny Slate remains as charming as ever, but her winsome performance isn't enough to overcome The Sunlit Night's grating tone and meandering plot.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    I can easily imagine people who wouldn't like it, but there is something beautiful about how perfectly it locates a feeling of confusion, ambivalence and grief.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    The Sunlit Night feels somewhat incomplete, less a full-blown oil painting than a sketch skimmed over with a veil of watercolor. But Slate's vibrance shines right through no matter what.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Slate holds her own and shows glimpses at the story of artistic and personal awakening that "The Sunlit Night" could have been. But mostly it's trapped in the dark.
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    Matt FagerholmRogerEbert.com
    What remains on the screen is gorgeously photographed, well-acted and a little more thoughtful than one might expect.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    Despite Slate's capable performance, the movie is only postcard-friendly, not an artistic awakening.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    Taken as a whole, "The Sunlit Night" is fey and inconclusive, and whether something of more substance got cut in the post-Sundance re-edit or was never there to begin with is at this point moot.
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    Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatSpirituality & Practice
    An exquisitely rendered tale of an artist's loneliness and starting over again.
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    More likely to inspire tourism than comments about its content, themes, and what have you, "The Sunlit Night" sure is pretty, but that's about it. (Full Content Review for Parents - Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Content, etc. - also Available)
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    Alissa WilkinsonVox
    There's enough charm and whimsy for the story to escape coming across as too predictable... The Sunlit Night is a light and occasionally messy story of discovery, and Slate's performance anchors it all.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    It's a lot duller than it should be ... Another thing about the movie that's a missed opportunity is how little of Norwegian culture it shows, except for over-the-top Viking stereotypes that are played for laughs.
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