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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as Lou Bloom
as Joe Loder
as Security Guard
as Scrapyard Owner
as Marcus Mayhem Video
as Kent Shocknek
as Pat Harvey
as Sharon Tay
as Rick Garcia
as Female Anchor
as Bill Seward
as KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
as KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
as Pawn Shop Owner
as Cop #1
as Cop #2
as Ace Video Cameraman
as Cop #3
as Frank Kruse
as Barred Door Woman
as Reporter Ron De La Cruz
as Female Neighbor
as Reporter Deena Rain
as Freaked Motorist
as Technical Director
as Detective Fronteiri
as Reporter Joel Beatty
as Detective Lieberman
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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
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.
Good acting but a vile extremely distasteful movie.
"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 never want to watch it again. Yes --- this is a dark movie. Whether it's through the score, the plot, or even the cinematography, this film exudes a thick musk of slime, the kind that exemplifies the power of film in general. Every element to the film is essential to craft its tone and it delivers with flying colors. "Nightcrawler" is an excellently crafted movie. In the first few minutes, "Nightcrawler" throws you right into the murky pits of Los Angeles into the slimy shoes of Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Lou Bloom. He's a man desperately looking to make a career; it just so happens that he finds his career as a freelance cameraman, finding financial and reputable success in others' tribulations. It's an interesting premise but "Nightcrawler" is essentially a character study of an exceedingly disturbing man in a cutthroat city. And boy, there would be no way to know this guy was highly disturbing without the magnificent performance by Gyllenhaal. This is his best performance by a huge margin to date. But because this movie carries such a dingy tone, it's not an easy movie to watch. It's unsettling. You won't be walking out of the theatre ready to party, that's for sure. "Nightcrawler" may not deserve best picture (and it didn't even get a nomination) but it is one that will haunt audience's minds, whether they'd like it to or not.
|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|
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