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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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The major weakness of "Nocturnal Animals," which is constructed as a story within a story, is that the frame story is shallow and this is not sufficiently compensated for by the story within the frame.
For all the acting excellence on display in Nocturnal Animals, what mattered more was cracking the narrative Rubik's Cube invented by Wright and elevated by Ford's precise integration of style and substance.
Ford doesn't have anything especially new or interesting to say about the nature of vengeance or love, or the emptiness of material riches. But Nocturnal Animals has fun and looks damn good saying it. Maybe that's enough.