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The Vast of Night (2020)



Critic Consensus: An engrossing sci-fi thriller that transcends its period trappings, The Vast of Night suggests great things for debuting director Andrew Patterson.

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In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. Dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call lead Fay and Everett on a scavenger hunt toward the unknown.


Sierra McCormick
as Fay Crocker
Jake Horowitz
as Everett Sloan
Gail Cronauer
as Mabel Blanche
Mark Banik
as Gerald

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All Critics (245) | Top Critics (49)

"The Vast of Night" is an entertaining sci-fi nostalgia piece that's made with an unusually high level of technical flair.

February 5, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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A low-fi genre gem that proves the age-old maxim that less is often more-especially when such minimalism is wielded by gifted artists.

February 2, 2021 | Full Review…

The technical proficiency of Patterson's debut is off the charts, and it'll be interesting to see if and how this gifted filmmaker manages to maintain his independence...

January 27, 2021 | Full Review…

Writer-director Andrew Patterson and cinematographer M.I. Littin-Menz are at times breathtakingly mobile as their camera navigates a tiny world frozen in nicotine amber.

July 1, 2020 | Full Review…

This one will leave the hairs on your arm standing up...

June 23, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The story of The Vast of Night is nothing particularly special. The storytelling, though, is spectacular.

June 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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