Nightcrawler Reviews

April 3, 2019
The aphorisms scattered throughout the film allude to a larger truth. Sadly, the film's inability to empower these feeble social stabs with any authenticity or depth of investigation leaves events feeling flat and forgettable.
January 25, 2019
It's a good performance from Gyllenhaal, and perhaps it's too good because he overshadows any of the social commentary with one of the year's most uncomfortable characters.
June 10, 2015
For a movie that tries so hard to be disturbing, Nightcrawler is actually quite comforting. It takes a societal sickness and blames it on a boogeyman.
January 4, 2015
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?
November 3, 2014
Nightcrawler sends its media criticism out in ALL CAPS, bludgeoning Jake Gyllenhaal's excellent performance.
November 2, 2014
A well crafted, relentlessly discomforting and disturbing, psychologically dense thriller. But would you trust say, the NSA to police itself? Namely, a hit list here of small screen competition and annoying paparazzi. Omission Alert, just sayin' is all.
October 31, 2014
After a few minutes you know everything about Louis you're going to know; the only surprise in Nightcrawler is the level of grotesqueness it achieves.
October 31, 2014
[Gilroy] wants Louis, who perpetrates some ghastly escapades, to epitomize the sick soul of media exploitation, but he also celebrates him as an entrepreneurial go-getter who is just giving us hypocrites what we secretly (or not-so-secretly) crave.
October 31, 2014
Howard's intrusive score enhances the sense that Nightcrawler is a movie and nothing more. Which is fine, of course. But the movie's movie-ness makes you aware that a statement is being made without articulating what it is.
October 31, 2014
It's hard not to be fascinated by the dark places Gyllenhaal goes here. But "Nightcrawler" falls short as social commentary or even psychological yarn. Like Louis, it talks a good game that crumbles as you ponder it.
October 28, 2014
Dan Gilroy's directorial debut only offers a familiar vision of today's newsman and producers as misery peddlers, and callow ratings slaves bordering on the monstrous.
September 7, 2014
Like his erratic protagonist, Gilroy doesn't always know when to settle down or call it quits, and the film's constant shifts of tone can grow tiring, even if the action as a whole never gets boring.
September 7, 2014
Dan Gilroy's tonally bold directorial debut can't quite pull together its differing ambitions, resulting in a story that's not entirely satisfying as a dark character study, amoral thriller or curt commentary on the sensationalism of local TV news.
September 7, 2014
A feast of capital-A acting that's sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second.