The crime drama We Own the Nightis getting mostly so-so reviews from critics. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times writes somewhat unenthusiastically that "the film is made with confidence and energy and is well acted by the principals." But Jack Mathews in the New York Daily News comments that the plot quickly "goes wrong" and "turns into something barely at the level of a TV cop show." Liam Lacey in the Toronto Globe and Mail takes a middle position. "For most viewers, the film will probably be a trade-off," he writes. "Some clichéd plotting is balanced by some splendid set-pieces." Or as Peter Howell puts it in the rival Toronto Star: ""It's not that it's so terrible, but it is terribly similar to so many other Police dramas at the movies and on TV."