Critic Consensus: Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.
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Critic Reviews for Nightcrawler
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.
A gritty urban comedy noir, a scathing, Network-worthy disembowelment of television newsgatherers that will leave you craving a shower.
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?
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Nightcrawler
I quite liked this very dark thriller. Very creepy guy and a scary look at the media.
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 internet saturation age. Kudos to all involved. I hope there were Academy Awards, particularly to the director, screenwriters, actor and actress. Zounds, what a ride!
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 commentary on media and lack of empathy. The atmosphere of the hot LA nights is almost physically perceptible and the solution after a really thrilling final act is bone chilling.
|Nina:||The best and clearest way that I can phrase it to you, Lou, to capture the spirit of what we air, is think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.|
|Lou Bloom:||What if I were to say that it's not that I don't understand people, but that I don't like them?|
|Lou Bloom:||If you want to win the lottery, first you have to make the money to buy a ticket.|
|Lou Bloom:||That's my job, that's what I do. I'd like to think if you're seeing me you're having the worst day of your life|