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



Total Count: 261


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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


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Lou Bloom
Bill Paxton
as Joe Loder
Michael Papajohn
as Security Guard
Kevin Rahm
as Frank Kruse
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
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 (261) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (247) | Rotten (14)

  • 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.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A gritty urban comedy noir, a scathing, Network-worthy disembowelment of television newsgatherers that will leave you craving a shower.

    Jan 4, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    Jan 4, 2015 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Top Critic
  • The film remains an amusingly sick joke and, despite its preachiness, a fun ride.

    Dec 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nightcrawler

  • Aug 19, 2017
    I quite liked this very dark thriller. Very creepy guy and a scary look at the media.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2017
    Jake Gyllenhaal is a force to be reckoned with, he takes crazy to a new level. The story is a lot more interesting, although it could have been shot better. It is a daunting subject matter, that will have you continue to think after it is over.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2017
    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!
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2016
    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 Super Reviewer

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