• R
  • 1h 57m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh95%
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Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding 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. 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. Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh95%
Critics Consensus: Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.
San Diego Reader
Scott Marks

A gritty urban comedy noir, a scathing, Network-worthy disembowelment of television newsgatherers...

June 25, 2017
Christy Lemire

Crashes and crime scenes are his bread and butter. He is driven. He is innovative. He is happy. He...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violent but thoughtful thriller about the state of media.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nightcrawler is a crime drama/thriller about an outcast who finds he has a calling filming gory footage for the TV news -- and ends up going to extreme lengths in pursuit of his "talent." There's strong violence -- including shootings, car crashes, blood, and dead bodies -- but the most disturbing thing is the callous, cold nature with which it's all filmed. Language includes multiple uses of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t." Sex comes up when the lead character negotiates sexual favors with a woman he likes; nothing is shown, but it's referred to. Despite the strong content, older teens might find the film thought provoking -- and come away with some interesting, relevant questions and ideas about the nature of news and the media.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:October 31, 2014
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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