Nocturnal Animals Reviews

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August 13, 2020
...violent, pretentious and misanthropic.
January 30, 2019
Nocturnal Animals is stylish. It is thrilling, at times. But writer/director Tom Ford's film seems more concerned with looking good than actually serving up a quality film.
November 4, 2018
By now all of the "I'd pay to watch Amy Adams read ____" jokes have been made, but suffice it to say that in practice it's... not exactly a riveting spectacle, let's put it that way.
October 31, 2018
A movie that aimed for the mind and the heart, but it comes up short for both. Only the performances stand out here, and I was mostly left perplexed rather than engaged.
August 27, 2018
Tom Ford's second feature, Nocturnal Animals, is a movie within a movie, and while both are lushly attractive, full of precise light and deep reds, neither is very good.
June 26, 2018
Nocturnal Animals wants to be provocative but its scattered parts all add up to something a bit silly.
June 13, 2018
In essence, you can follow along and give credit to Nocturnal Animals for doing something different, but it's still debatable if it did that thing well.
October 18, 2017
It reminded me of David Cronenberg's Maps To The Stars... but not as good and more frustrating.
September 25, 2017
Despite the fulsomeness of Ford's cinematic reference points, one can't avoid the feeling that something crucial is still missing.
September 20, 2017
In the end, it's hard to draw any conclusions about the nature of these two stories other than ones that are unpleasant and unworthy of the effort.
August 22, 2017
Nocturnal Animals ends up mirroring the emptiness and decadence it means to expose.
August 10, 2017
Nocturnal Animals ultimately reaches for something that isn't there, and falters. Ford is the consummate commercial artist, but he seems to hate it - while still, as an artist, trafficking in it.
March 1, 2017
The visual pleasures hardly begin to compensate for the inescapable fact that the movie as a whole is a leaden and pretentious trainwreck of a creation that is equal parts boring and bewildering.
January 10, 2017
...has no compelling center.
January 1, 2017
Writer-director Tom Ford's psychological thriller is a glorified student film.
December 31, 2016
Nocturnal Animals is a revenge drama by a designer who deals in beauty then reveals his society's ugliness.
December 30, 2016
Animated by a largely morbid revulsion at human beings that has disguised itself in a thick lacquer of outlandishly beautiful cinematography.
December 24, 2016
Tom Ford's stutter-step distillation of the Austin Wright novel ... a blunted, mostly pretentious fusion of something by the Coens and, for the story-within-a-story, 'Hot Rods to Hell.'
December 20, 2016
'But it makes you think,' some will argue... true: it makes you think, 'The director had no clue how to end this... so they didn't.'
December 18, 2016
It's a handsome production, but ultimately lacking in substance.
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