Nightcrawler Synopsis
Lou Bloom is a driven young man 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, he muscles into the dangerous realm of night crawling.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Gilroy, vastly supported by cinematographer and Los Angeles specialist Robert Elswit (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), directs with the verve of a...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Gyllenhaal’s startling portrayal is far from the only distinction in this impeccably crafted feature film. Mr. Gilroy’s directorial...
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By Dan Jolin
Sharp, dark, satirical and bone-rattlingly thrilling, with a career-peak turn from Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s this year’s "Drive."
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By Drew McWeeny
The film plays with tension beautifully, and there are a few set pieces that I think are all-timers.
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By Matt Zoller Seitz
This is a classic film, not just because every scene and line is casually beautiful and devoid of extraneous touches, but because its tone...
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By Jordan Hoffman
A fantastic, sleek and fun satire.
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The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
There’s tremendous social and moral texture throughout the drama, but the socio-economic commentary of the movie is fabric, not heavy...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Gilroy vividly evokes both the LA exteriors and newsroom interiors, and the action sequences are fraught with tension.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Nightcrawler curves and hisses its way into your head with demonic skill. When the laughs come, they stick in your throat. This is a...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Thirty pounds lighter, all cheekbones and bulging eyes, Gyllenhaal plays one of the year's most memorable characters in this dark,...
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The Dark Side of TV News

By theelderk
This is an amazing movie. Dark and disturbing yet funny, in the right places, and very compelling. Jake Gyllenhaal is outstanding. This performance deserves Oscar Buzz. The supporting actors do...


By happygal0133
Acting by Jake was well done and very believable. Everything else movie wise was also....I have to say the reason I didn't give it a 5 rating was because the rough language was not truly necessary,...

Really should be on Netflix

Film does not deserve the high rating on rotten tomatoes. This film is so under-developed where it could be interesting (whether he is truly a psychopath, where his rage comes from) and looks so...

By efflpetzel
Stupid ending...

Good story. Good action.

By goodwin54
A movie that did not drag too long but have plenty of action and a very good plot. Very believable!...

I need to restore my faith in humanity

By gpfuri
First of all, great movie! I think the acting is spot on and the direction was awesome. A few people left in the movie which may suggest it wasn't for everyone. Jake Gyllenhaal did a great job with...

Horrible Movie

By pomcounseling
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. The best parts were the previews and the ending ??...


By novaangelicam
Had some amazing scenes, ending ruined the whole thing...

Interesting film

By mikebib2
Interesting is the best way I can describe this movie. The main character played by Gyllenhaal is captivating. You can't look away when he is in action. One of the coldest and creepiest characters...


By V10LM
Hard to believe anyone invested in money making this movie. Zero stars....

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Rated R | For Language, Graphic Images and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Violent but thoughtful thriller about the state of media.
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