Nightcrawler (2014)

NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 31, 2014
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Like an alternate version of Network in which Faye Dunaway cannibalizes the conscientious William Holden character, Nightcrawler cleverly dispenses with any debate about the tyranny of ratings and the erosion of privacy.

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Christy Lemire

Crashes and crime scenes are his bread and butter. He is driven. He is innovative. He is happy. He is also a monster - a fiend who preys on people at their weakest and worst moments.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

[Jake] Gyllenhaal is mesmerizing as the ruthlessly ambitious Bloom.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

A gritty urban comedy noir, a scathing, Network-worthy disembowelment of television newsgatherers that will leave you craving a shower.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Now 33 years old, Gyllenhaal is the same age that De Niro was in Taxi Driver and, like him, he is learning to channel an eerie, inner charisma, offering it up in glimpses and glimmers rather than all at once.

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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

Most of all, Nightcrawler is a fine thriller and a great showcase for [Jake] Gyllenhaal's talent, wit, and comic timing.

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Dana Stevens

It seems like a lot of satirical hue and cry about a social problem I'm not sure the nation is currently plagued by. Are local TV news stations really conducting daily bidding wars over the goriest footage random freelancers can bring them?

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

For a first-time director, Gilroy demonstrates an uncommon assurance, not only in his audacious tonal shifts but in the stellar work he elicits from his cast and crew.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

Intriguing, unnerving and haunting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Some will try to confine this blazing hot social commentary to the realm of media news, but that is shortsightedness to a high degree in the dawn of the… More
Albert Kim
"Nightcrawler" is one of those movies where you come to appreciate the movie to a high degree of praise, but at the same time, you tell yourself you… More
Jens S.
Gyllenhaal is terrifying as night time crime camera man. He takes the film through a slower middle part, but overall the movie always works: as acid social… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
An intense thriller, Nightcrawler is worth watching for its unique storyline and riveting climax. Jake Gyllenhaal is effectively creepy in an entertaining,… More
jay nixon
Good acting but a vile extremely distasteful movie.
Flutie Archibald
Jake Gyllenhaal is really good in this, but I also thought it was interesting to see how Hollywood portrays a newsroom. It's a decent thriller, with a… More