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Nightcrawler

8/10
Crime . Drama . Thriller
 

When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

 
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal , Rene Russo , Riz Ahmed , Bill Paxton , Kevin Rahm , Michael Hyatt , Ann Cusack , Kathleen York , Carolyn Gilroy , Price Carson , Michael Papajohn , Marco Rodríguez
Directors: Dan Gilroy
Country: USA
Release: 2014-10-31
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  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    This is a classic film, not just because every scene and line is casually beautiful and devoid of extraneous touches, but because its tone is mercilessly exact.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Gyllenhaal’s startling portrayal is far from the only distinction in this impeccably crafted feature film. Mr. Gilroy’s directorial debut connects its hero’s tacit madness to the larger craziness of a broadcast medium that teaches vast numbers of viewers to live with a false sense of insecurity.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Sharp, dark, satirical and bone-rattlingly thrilling, with a career-peak turn from Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s this year’s "Drive."

    Empire Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Gilroy, vastly supported by cinematographer and Los Angeles specialist Robert Elswit (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), directs with the verve of a seasoned pro, even though Nightcrawler is his debut.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The film plays with tension beautifully, and there are a few set pieces that I think are all-timers.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    A fantastic, sleek and fun satire.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    Gyllenhaal is in almost every frame of writer-director Dan Gilroy's first feature, skinny and wide-eyed, running down a driveway with his camera or cutting across oncoming traffic in the Challenger. It's an intense performance, the flip side of Ryan Gosling's in "Drive," playing the angles and filling space with empty words instead of soulful silences.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    There’s tremendous social and moral texture throughout the drama, but the socio-economic commentary of the movie is fabric, not heavy handed accessory. And the provocative ethical breaches—savage and scathing in the latter half—give the movie its delectable and wicked bite.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Nightcrawler is pulp with a purpose. A smart, engaged film powered by an altogether remarkable performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, it is melodrama grounded in a disturbing reality, an extreme scenario that is troubling because it cuts close to the bone.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Nightcrawler executes its ideas with tremendous craft and cool, and the courageous and counterintuitive pairing of its leads — Russo is 60, and Gyllenhaal 33 – produces two electrical, interlocking performances and undeniable erotic chemistry.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    If you see him (Jake Gyllenhaal)onscreen in Nightcrawler, you’ll have a closeup view of one of the movie year’s most compelling sociopaths. He’s something you can’t turn away from.

    Time Full Review
  • William Goss

    Releasing Nightcrawler on Halloween may seem counterintuitive, but then again, when better to release a thoroughly gripping portrait of an utterly modern sociopath?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    In his own twisted way, Lou is just as much a bloodsucker as Dracula, in a horror story that this tabloid veteran can attest is not as far removed from reality as you might assume.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Nightcrawler curves and hisses its way into your head with demonic skill. When the laughs come, they stick in your throat. This is a deliciously twisted piece of work. And Gyllenhaal, coiled and ready to spring, is scarily brilliant. He truly is a monster for our time.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Thirty pounds lighter, all cheekbones and bulging eyes, Gyllenhaal plays one of the year's most memorable characters in this dark, provocative drama.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Gilroy vividly evokes both the LA exteriors and newsroom interiors, and the action sequences are fraught with tension.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The dramatic weight loss Gyllenhaal endured for the role, which transforms his dreamboat looks into a bat-like mask, is startling. But the actor's performance is just as impressive, nimbly selling Gilroy's occasionally overwritten lines while Louis’ punishing optimism finds new gradations of sadism and rage. Nightcrawler is the arrival of a thrilling character actor.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    In its wickedly twisted way, Nightcrawler keeps "Network's" battle cry alive. It's a 21st-century takedown of the media's pandering ''if it bleeds, it leads'' ethos and the ghoulish nightcrawlers who live by it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The movie has a caffeinated spirit worthy of its graveyard shift milieu, a darkness artfully breached by cinematographer Robert Elswit, who previously framed L.A.'s unstill life in Magnolia and Boogie Nights.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A thick film of sleaze coats every frame of Nightcrawler, a movie that takes a hard look at media culture and provides Jake Gyllenhaal a terrific opportunity to creep us all out.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    On the strength of Gyllenhaal's performance, Nightcrawler works best as a character study. It's chilling, but also wickedly funny and strange, like a good, dark Brian De Palma joke — in short, it's everything the stolid and humorless Gone Girl should have been.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Gyllenhaal is sensational headlining a pitch-black satire with its finger on the pulse.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    From a subdued start Nightcrawler unfurls into a ghoulish and wickedly funny satire on journalism, the job market and self-help culture.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The trouble is that absolutely nothing about the movie feels like news.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Yet, despite a mesmerizing performance by Gyllenhaal - he's as transfixing as a cobra in a snake charmer's dance - and a terrific turn by Riz Ahmed as an unskilled homeless kid Louis hires as his assistant, Nightcrawler doesn't quite have the satirical smarts that made "Network" a classic.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The most notable element of screenwriter Dan Gilroy's debut feature is the performance he elicits from Jake Gyllenhaal. In the tradition of Brando, Bale, Theron, and others, Gyllenhaal undergoes a radical physical transformation to play the part of Louis Bloom.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Nightcrawler is about TV news-video parasites, but the freakiest thing in it — the biggest bedbug of all — is Jake Gyllenhaal as the movie’s hero, Lou Bloom.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The film has a sulfuric, Dostoyevskian quality — and sick sense of humor — that captures the muted aquarium that Los Angeles becomes at night, a spell that’s broken once plot overtakes mood.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    There are moments that are too macabre and outlandish, but Gilroy steers the movie just this side of farce, just this side of Chayefsky, and keeps it all within a realistic framework. At times watching, you might wonder how he’ll keep the story going, how he’ll top himself. But he does.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Despite the familiarity of its themes — the bottom-feeding news media; the pathology born of extreme isolation and a little too much online time; the American can-do spirit, perverted into something poisonous — Gilroy's clever, skeezy little noir is worth a prowl.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Nightcrawler is a portrait of an amoral opportunist who stumbles upon his horrible calling, and the film’s chief pleasure is watching Gyllenhaal portray what it might be like if Rushmore’s Max Fischer grew up to become Chuck Tatum, the unscrupulous reporter played by Kirk Douglas in Billy Wilder’s scabrous Ace In The Hole. It’s adolescent solipsism gone grotesquely rancid.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It keeps you creeped out and fascinated.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Rene Russo is spot-on as Nina, an aging TV news director who is the only person Bloom will sell his footage to.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    There’s a scolding tone to Nightcrawler that runs counter to its pulp energy, as if Gilroy is telling the audience to be alarmed by the things that turn them on. But much as Gilroy tries to be his own killjoy, Gyllenhaal’s wickedness prevails.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Nightcrawler has patches of clunkiness, to be sure, and Lou’s face-off at a police station, near the end, feels graceless and unnecessary. Yet the movie is quite something, and, despite its title, it doesn’t really crawl.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Jordan Mintzer

    Like his erratic protagonist, Gilroy doesn’t always know when to settle down or call it quits, and the film’s constant shifts of tone can grow tiring, even if the action as a whole never gets boring.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    It’s a brilliant performance by Gyllenhaal in a film that veers from dark satire to tense crime thriller before the tires come off near the end, leaving the entire vehicle just short of worth recommending.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Dan Gilroy's directorial debut only offers a familiar vision of today's newsman and producers as misery peddlers, and callow ratings slaves bordering on the monstrous.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Nightcrawler is a slick and shallow movie desperate, like Lou himself, to be something more.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    It’s a pleasure to see Russo back on screen (she’s married to Gilroy). But Nina’s eager complicity is far too easy and every social critique flashes as bright as the neon guiding Lou around back-alley L.A.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The film’s a satirical thriller, which is a novel enough entity in itself these days; it has a pungent, can’t-miss-the-point premise, and a big, weird, sharkish performance from Jake Gyllenhaal powering it up. It’s a must-see and a must-talk-about film, electrically overblown in the moment, if not wholly in control of its pay-off.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    By turning the loner Louis into a nutcase – if he blinked at all during the movie, I missed it – the movie becomes a species of horror film.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Touches of apocalyptic comedy run throughout Nightcrawler, but the movie’s overriding tone is one of strident, finger-wagging self-seriousness.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Nightcrawler, like its entrepreneurial-to-a-fault protagonist, is ambitious but ultimately hollow, eager to dazzle and shock us but reluctant to let us inside.

    Slate Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    After a few minutes you know everything about Louis you’re going to know; the only surprise in Nightcrawler is the level of grotesqueness it achieves. There’s more insight (and entertainment) in an average sketch from the old SCTV series; I kept imagining Joe Flaherty’s horror host Count Floyd climbing out of his coffin and chanting, “Oooh, that Louis, he’s veh-ry skerrrr-y, kiddies — ahwoooooooo!”

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
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  • journalism

  • underground

  • tv station

  • sociopath

  • home invasion

  • car chase

  • tv news

  • employer employee relationship

  • scrap metal

  • ethics

  • stringer

  • journalism ethics

  • crime scene

  • video camera

  • tailing a suspect

  • car crash

  • news footage

  • capitalism

  • police scanner

  • psychopath

  • neo noir

  • cynicism

  • local news

  • crime scene photographer

  • gps

  • evidence tampering

  • coercion

  • reference to friedrich nietzsche

  • murder

  • thief

  • camcorder

  • sabotage

  • robbery

  • snuff movie

  • snuff film

  • snuff

  • found footage

  • death of partner

  • shot multiple times

  • police car rollover

  • police car crash

  • police chase

  • crashing through a window

  • raise

  • stakeout

  • performance review

  • morgue

  • drunken man

  • business competition

  • self taught

  • cynicism about love

  • cynical man

  • news business

  • news broadcast

  • speeding car

  • graphic violence

  • violence

  • freelancer

  • looking for a job

  • 2010s

  • license plate search

  • discovering a dead body

  • running a red light

  • portfolio

  • building fire

  • police code

  • internship

  • car fire

  • filmed killing

  • greed

  • deception

  • shot in the shoulder

  • shot in the back

  • jumping through a window

  • one word title

  • manipulation

  • shootout

  • police officer shot

  • character repeating someone else's dialogue

  • shot to death

  • shot in the chest

  • shotgun

  • multiple homicide

  • criminal

  • obstruction of justice

  • corpse

  • police station

  • fame

  • threat

  • dodge challenger

  • montage

  • police detective

  • police investigation

  • stolen bicycle

  • pawnshop

  • trail of blood

  • blood

  • diner

  • moral corruption

  • news anchor

  • news report

  • apartment

  • stolen watch

  • punched in the face

  • pistol

  • venice beach california

  • lapd

  • security guard

  • job interview

  • mansion

  • plane crash

  • police car

  • police officer

  • chinese restaurant

  • police radio

  • interrogation

  • freeway

  • control room

  • news editor

  • paycheck

  • extortion

  • bicycle

  • proposition

  • mexican restaurant

  • news reporter

  • journalist

  • directorial debut

  • los angeles california

  • written by director

  • death of friend

  • reference to moses

  • satire

  • reference to twitter

  • crib

  • laptop

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