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Parents' Guide to

The Night Clerk

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sympathetic character with Asperger's in mature crime story.

Movie R 2020 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+


Not very scary but great film v interesting
age 13+

A surprisingly candid view of Asperger syndrome ...

... and you wouldn't read that in most early reviews. A smart film and beautifully played by Tye Sheridan and by the gorgeous Ana de Armas - my introduction to this actress.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This crime drama with emotionally touching performances is surprisingly low-key and quiet, taking advantage of the wee hours of the dark during which much of the story takes place. Writer-director Michael Cristofer, also an actor and an award-winning playwright, hasn't made a film since 2001 (although he did co-write the 2017 boxing biopic Chuck), and his earlier works dealt in much seamier material. The Night Clerk is a welcome improvement, relying on the excellent Sheridan to effectively convey Bart's social awkwardness and frustration, but also deep intelligence and breadth of feeling. It goes beyond any potentially gimmicky performance; it gets to the heart of things.

The other key to the movie's success is de Armas, whose Andrea shows great compassion to Bart, even after things turn uneasy between them. Cristofer creates an alluring atmosphere, using the night air and the hotel's small size to create an insulated feel, almost as if this were a dream of a film noir. Where The Night Clerk doesn't quite live up to expectations is in some of its character motivations and in its murder plot. It's serviceable and effective, but it lacks any sharp twists and turns to keep die-hard mystery fans guessing. Fortunately, the characters are interesting enough that they make the movie worth a look.

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