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Nightcrawler (2014)

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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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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. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story. (c) Open Road

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Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
as Lou Bloom
Bill Paxton
as Joe Loder
Michael Papajohn
as Security Guard
Marco Rodriguez
as Scrapyard Owner
James Huang
as Marcus Mayhem Video
Kent Shocknek
as Kent Shocknek
Pat Harvey
as Pat Harvey
Sharon Tay
as Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia
as Rick Garcia
Lea Franklin
as Female Anchor
Bill Seward
as Bill Seward
Rick Chambers
as KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula
as KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
Jonathan Coyne
as Pawn Shop Owner
Eric Lange
as Ace Video Cameraman
Alex Ortiz
as Cop #3
Kevin Rahm
as Frank Kruse
Christina De Leon
as Barred Door Woman
Juan Fernández
as Reporter Ron De La Cruz
Dig Wayne
as Neighbor
Myra Turley
as Female Neighbor
Merritt Bailey
as Freelancer
Lisa Remillard
as Reporter Deena Rain
Jamie McShane
as Freaked Motorist
Manuel Edgar Lujan
as Technical Director
Michael Hyatt
as Detective Fronteiri
Christopher McShane
as Reporter Joel Beatty
Price Carson
as Detective Lieberman
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Critic Reviews for Nightcrawler

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (51)

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Slate
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2014
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Nightcrawler

½

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

Good acting but a vile extremely distasteful movie.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"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.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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