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3,576 Ratings


Directed by Dan Gilroy
United States, 2014
Crime, Drama, Thriller


A disturbed loner, living on the fringe of society muscles his way into the lucrative underworld of tabloid crime journalism. Scouring the city for crimes of a shocking nature, he is aided by a veteran news director looking to raise station ratings.

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Nightcrawler Directed by Dan Gilroy

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 2 wins including: Best First Feature

2015 | 3 nominations including: Best Editing

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | Winner: Best Actor

2014 | 2nd place: Best First Feature

2014 | 3rd place: Best Screenplay

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best First Feature

2014 | 3 nominations including: Best Screenplay

What are people saying?

  • Ethan's rating of the film Nightcrawler

    Jake Gyllenhal gives an incredible performance here that has echoes of DeNiro's Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Mixed with stunning cinematography and great uses of location this a solid thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.

  • Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film Nightcrawler

    This is a very good film which is unusual as most American films made over the past 10 years are total rubbish aimed at backward 10 year olds. Jake Gyllenhaal as the Nightcrawler is creepy and stylish and the film has a great moral: murder, psychopathic ruthlessness and sexual predatoriness will help you to succeed in business in the USA. Delightful!

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Nightcrawler

    I like the way Nightcrawler builds tension - it's frenetic like the news. And although I like Gyllenhaal's performance on screen, I wish he had taken this character further. A nice dark tale about pop culture and contemporary life.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Nightcrawler

    A movie that could have been subversive 40 years ago with a screenplay dealing with such themes as mass media manipulation or criticism of the immorality of capitalism. It's a film that could have been directed by Alan J. Pakula or Sydney Pollack back in 1975. Now, the only subversive moment of Nightcrawler can be find in the words of a passerby saying "I don't have a TV". Already forgotten.

  • Howard Orr's rating of the film Nightcrawler

    Easy to see as sinister and unsettling, but it's basically a story as American as Apple pie, with its story of a good 'old fashioned hard work ethic and business acumen paying off in the cutthroat world of TV journalism. Gyllenhaal's eager, lizard eyes and awkward attempts at charm elevate it immeasurably.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Nightcrawler

    As Lucifer himself, delivering fresh blood to the vampiric demands of rolling news viewers, Jake Gyllenhaal's skeletal cheekbones frame the unblinking whites of his eyes. The four leads are excellent, and the noirish LA cinematography align it as a close cousin to Michael Mann's more assured 'Collateral', but perhaps ramping up the black comedy would have cast it as an even more incendiary and damning polemic.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Nightcrawler

    3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Nightcrawler felt more geeky than creepy and a little too slick for its own good. The start was strong but and the absence of some details in the plot (granted, I was inebriated when I saw this so this might be me) kind of took away from the overall experience for me. Throw in a tacked-on and convenient ending and I'm left apprehensive. Still better than most modern movies though...

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Nightcrawler

    Gyllenhaal's performance is everything you've heard it would be and then some -- he was completely snubbed. He and Gilroy's portrayal of a troubled millennial soured by sensationalist media, an awful recession and a lack of empathy is pertinent and compelling to the last.

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