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Reviews: Nightcrawler (2014)

nightcrawlerReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Nightcrawler è straniante e surreale, più riuscito nella prima parte, meno nella seconda, ma tratteggia un ritratto di solitudine e avidità contemporanea, che colpisce.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Tremebunda, oscura fábula de Dan Gilroy que se tira de cabeza a un mundo sórdido y aterradoramente palpable. Colosal trabajo de Jake Gyllenhaal en una pieza de culto instantánea. Bravo.
  • Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A gripping drama about a wily hustler who finds success as a freelance photographer of night-time car crashes and violent crimes
  • Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Dan Gilroy goes for the jugular in his insanely entertaining, disturbing indictment of the media from its insensitivity towards victims to far darker charges. And that’s only “Nightcrawler’s” surface agenda…
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom as the kind of person who practices smiling in the mirror. In his calm insistence on his own rightness and his tendency to talk like someone who has read the complete works of Tony Robbins, Lou comes across as a twenty-first century Rupert Pupkin or a greasy Tom Ripley.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Bloom is the embodiment of the kind of detached anonymity modern times have bestowed on us all.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Una de las mejores películas de 2014.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It would be comforting to be able to see Nightcrawler as satire … That would be very comforting, indeed.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Nightcrawler’ Leads Because It Bleeds
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Blurring the line between crime reportage … and reportage that’s a crime in and of itself.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Dark and cynical, filled with savage, scathing commentary about our media’s relentless exploitation of violence…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Perhaps Nightcrawler’s greatest accomplishment is to educate us in the ways of a sociopath. He makes us understand how that nice, quiet boy who was so polite, is capable of such evil.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Disconcerting, unnerving, and darkly, twistedly humorous, “Nightcrawler” unsettles and wriggles under your skin, and it’s your best bet for a ghoulish last day of October at the movies. Jake Gyllenhaal is tremendously chilling.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery
  • Glenn Lovell @
    • Excerpt: The best Martin Scorsese film not directed by Scorsese. It’s that good, that assured … that unshakable. Scores as both urban thriller and cynical, ‘Network’-like comment on the media.
  • Carson Lund @ In Review Online
    • Excerpt: Lou’s way of treating everyone as pawns in his economic actualization scheme lends the film’s dialogue an acidic screwball quality, which Gilroy pairs with snappy shot-reverse-shot cutting and brisk walk-and-talk dolly shots. It’s because of this pace, which the film sustains for at least its first two acts, that it’s tempting to applaud Lou on his perversely logical tactics rather than scold him for his obvious dollar-sign eyes.
  • Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Nightcrawler is tense and intense, ferocious and obsessed, and crackles with energy and a dark sense of humor.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Each theme interlocks beautifully, often scarily, with one another to make for a complex, daring cinematic experience that’s all anchored by one of the strongest performances of the year.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: I’m giving you a night crawl…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Nightcrawler knows how much audiences have a taste for the rough stuff, and it gives them exactly what they want.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Uma grande surpresa positiva e um thriller magistral
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Taxi Driver meets Network – with a sleek-cool retro-modern Drive vibe – in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, an original and highly impressive directing debut from the writer of Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy bolstered by a startling lead performance from Jake Gyllenhaal that rates as one of the year’s best.
  • Kristy Puchko @
    • Excerpt: Nightcrawler is a joy ride down a path to damnation, it’s exhilarating, disturbing, and brilliant filmmaking. It’s one of the best films of the year. And it’s the absolute perfect choice for Halloween.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Um filme extremamente eficaz e que tende a melhorar com a idade, à medida que confirmamos que estamos a descer tão baixo como “Nightcrawler” nos avisou. Dentro de algumas décadas poderá ser visto como uma referência do que foi este nosso início do século XXI.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: While there is some solid writing when it comes to the Lou character–and very little when it comes to any other character–it takes a particular screen presence to give such a fictional construct life. Gyllenhaal is fully committed to the role.
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Jake Gyllenhaal’s terrifically creepy-crawly performance as Louis Bloom, a sociopathic newshound, is the main appeal of this scathing, violent send-up of the local news business, where gore rules the ratings game.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Nightcrawler is a wickedly brilliant thriller, a social satire and an eerie look into the mind of a sociopath who can manipulate with the power of cold-blooded reason. That sounds like a tall order, but this is a deceptively simple plot made functional by a well-mounted script and a near-perfect performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: It’s a sharp blend of social and cultural reflection, of dark comedy and of typical-of-the-genre thrills and surprises. It’s effective on all fronts.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Filmed primarily at night in Los Angeles, “Nightcrawler” feels like a twisted, more engaging, West Coast version of “Bringing Out the Dead.”
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Wants to be cutting-edge, but in the end its creative blade proves rather dull. Still, it’s hard to take your eyes off Gyllenhaal.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A flighty but spectacular walk on the mean streets of the new media.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: In an awful city full of awful people, protagonist Lou is the most awful of all, a soulless assemblage of slimy smiles, self-help pabulum, and deadly ambition.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:30 pm

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