Glenn Kenny
February 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

That Night

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
C. Thomas Howell, Juliette Lewis, Eliza Dushku, Katherine Heigl, Helen Shaver
director
Craig Bolotin
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Craig Bolotin
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a B-

That Night — a low-key coming-of-age tale related from the perspective of a shy preadolescent who idolizes the fast-but-wise girl across the street — is perceptively scripted, sensitively directed, and refreshingly free of sentimental nostalgia. Unfortunately, it’s also kind of boring. Juliette Lewis is fine as usual, and C. Thomas Howell gets a rare chance to demonstrate that he deserves better than the cheesy flicks he usually works in these days. But overall, this is the sort of rental that men will sit through only as a peace offering to the girlfriends upon whom they’ve just foisted Mirror Images II. B-

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