MOVIEmeter
69
Down 28 this week

Nightcrawler (2014)

8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 52,611 users   Metascore: 76/100
Reviews: 255 user | 343 critic | 45 from Metacritic.com

When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Nightcrawler" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler (2014) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Nightcrawler.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fury (2014)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Director: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
The Judge (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Gone Girl (2014)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.

Director: Sean Anders
Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day
The Drop (2014)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini
Birdman (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton
St. Vincent (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Director: Theodore Melfi
Stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts
Still Alice (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae
Boyhood I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Enemy (2013)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
Whiplash (2014)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Security Guard
...
Scrapyard Owner
...
...
Marcus Mayhem Video
...
Kent Shocknek
Pat Harvey ...
Pat Harvey
...
Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia ...
Rick Garcia
...
Female Anchor
...
Bill Seward
Rick Chambers ...
KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula ...
KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
...
Pawn Shop Owner
Nick Chacon ...
Cop #1
Edit

Storyline

NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work 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, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Written by Open Road Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The City Shines Brightest at Night

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Primicia mortal  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,441,000 (USA) (31 October 2014)

Gross:

$31,517,052 (USA) (19 December 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jake Gyllenhaal's in character, blink very rarely. Gyllenhaal has used this method in his work before with his role as title character Donnie Darko. See more »

Goofs

The stolen watch always appears to have a silver band, but the last time we see Lou wearing it, the band looks black and plastic. See more »

Quotes

Nina Romina: In the future if you don't have anything, man up and stop dodging my calls.
Lou Bloom: I have something, triple murder in Granada Hills.
Nina Romina: That's just breaking now.
Lou Bloom: I got there before the cops.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Though hardly perceivable, the moon continues to rise as credits roll. See more »

Connections

Features The Court Jester (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

CITY OF ANGELS (FEAT. C PLUS
Written by Jared MacGill and
James "Jpax Akrasia" Paxton
Performed by All In A JaysWork
Courtesy of All In A JaysWork
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Gyllenhaal impresses as the least likable character you've seen in a long time.
31 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You leave the movie theatre with a slightly sick feeling of guilt after watching Nightcrawler. Guilt that you actually enjoyed this rather original movie-making set in an ethical and moral vacuum. In that sense the movie is entirely ironic. You shouldn't be enjoying this stuff.

It's an exposition of entirely greed-induced (financial and ego driven) naked ambition that rivals Wolf of Wall Street for it's blithe abandon of normal ethical practice.

Gyllenhaal, as Louis Bloom, almost cadaverous after his dramatic weight loss for the part, is as unsympathetic a movie character as you've seen in a very long time. His back story, which is precisely zilch, renders him a character in search of a meaning. A loner, a drifter, a thief, unemployed (unemployable is the truth) and entirely without remorse - emotion for that matter - stumbles upon a freelance career as an, at first hapless then really rather good, ambulance chasing 'scene of the crime' news cameraman.

Starting with motorway crashes and graduating to suburban crime scenes (where the threat of middle America being intruded upon by 'Hispanics' and other Liberal American ethnic minorities) he captures more and more challenging newsreel material that feeds the sensation-lust of an LA loser News Station's News Editor, Nina Romina, played deliciously by Rene Russo.

Romina's sponsorship of, and belief in, the expert blagging of Bloom feeds his desire for greater success and indeed for Romina herself. In a toe curling 'date' at a camp Mexican restaurant Bloom lays it on the line with Romina in a scene of toe-curling embarrassment. It's as if Gyllenhaal is playing for laughs, but he's deadly serious.

Throughout, Gyllenhaal commands the screen. The Nightime lighting constantly picking out his skeletal, eye bulging look that makes him look like the devil incarnate. This truly is an evil character and Gyllenhaal's trademark smirk only adds to the perverse sense of evil pleasure he is gaining as his success mushrooms.

A recurring theme in the movie is his watering of a pot plant in his flat. It's as if it's the only living thing he cares two bucks about. Certainly his hapless sidekick/assistant Rick, played by Riz Ahmed, has next to no chance in this little hothouse world of emotion-free ambition.

Gyllenhaal's faux management style 'development' of Rick is at times darkly amusing but usually just plain vacuous and ironic given that he draws from real world self help and management lingo that's bad enough in the corporate world, but downright bizarre in this micro universe.

The car chases are gripping edge of seat affairs, the plot, although it has holes in the final reel (quite big ones I felt) is nevertheless highly original and unfolds at a steady pace.

The conclusion was, to my mind at least, a little disappointing, but aside from this a good, dark, star vehicle for Jake and possibly a step towards another best actor nomination.


51 of 73 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favourite movies of the year? storm801
Oscar nomination in store for Gyllenhaal? doktor_switch
Two BIG holes in my opinion mar_1999
Void of a satisfying climax? mickaneso
A more fitting score would have made this movie much better. Hyperboievr
If You Liked This, Please Explain (intelligently) Why warriorlily
Discuss Nightcrawler (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?