Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals
Nocturnal Animals
  • R
  • 1h 56m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh73%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this haunting romantic thriller from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford (A Single Man). Susan (Amy Adams) is living through an unfulfilling marriage when she receives a package containing a novel manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The novel is dedicated to her but its content is violent and devastating. Susan cannot help but reminisce over her past love story with the author. Increasingly she interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and reawakens a love that she feared was lost. Also starring Armie Hammer and Michael Shannon, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh73%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and lovely to look at, Nocturnal Animals further underscores writer-director Tom Ford's distinctive visual and narrative skill.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson

Ford delivers a tiresomely weird drama that's pitched somewhere between the cinematic realms of di...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Adam Graham

Writer-director Tom Ford, in his second movie (following 2009's "A Single Man"), can't connect the...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Stylish, stylized, remote drama is violent, intense.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nocturnal Animals is a fascinating but ultimately remote drama about deceit, misogyny, marital conflict, murder, and heartbreak -- a moody, morbid stew that's too mature for all but the oldest teens. Gruesome scenes show murdered bodies, and there are many other moments of violence, plus close-up shots that show the aftermath of struggles and fights. There's also smoking, drinking (mostly social, some depressingly isolated), and pill-popping, as well as nudity (some sexual, some not; some scatological) and plenty of swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k). Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaall co-star.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:December 9, 2016
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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