Like an alternate version of Network in which Faye Dunaway cannibalizes the conscientious William Holden character, Nightcrawler cleverly dispenses with any debate about the tyranny of ratings and the erosion of privacy.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2015-01-04
Crashes and crime scenes are his bread and butter. He is driven. He is innovative. He is happy. He is also a monster - a fiend who preys on people at their weakest and worst moments.
Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com, 2014-11-05
Now 33 years old, Gyllenhaal is the same age that De Niro was in Taxi Driver and, like him, he is learning to channel an eerie, inner charisma, offering it up in glimpses and glimmers rather than all at once.
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, 2014-10-31
For a first-time director, Gilroy demonstrates an uncommon assurance, not only in his audacious tonal shifts but in the stellar work he elicits from his cast and crew.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2014-10-31
A mesmerizing cipher, Lou is a spiritual descendant of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and of the withholding protagonists in the existential French crime films of Robert Bresson and Jean-Pierre Melville
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, 2014-10-31
It's a 21st-century takedown of the media's pandering ''if it bleeds, it leads'' ethos and the ghoulish nightcrawlers who live by it.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2014-10-31
A movie for the pleasure of movie audiences pretending to be shocked by a story of ghoulish media.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2014-10-31
'Nightcrawler' manages to be a scathing look at ambition and journalistic sensationalism while still delivering as a dark thriller.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-10-31
Nightcrawler savages the news media's ratings-driven ethic (a most unethical ethic) with such force, it brings to mind Paddy Chayefsky and Sidney Lumet's Network.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-10-31
"Nightcrawler" executes its ideas with tremendous craft and cool, and the courageous and counterintuitive pairing of its leads - Russo is 60, and Gyllenhaal 33 - produces two electrical, interlocking performances and undeniable erotic chemistry.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2014-10-30
This isn't fun, escapist entertainment but, when it works, it's fascinating and compelling and makes us take a hard look at what TV news is selling and where it's getting the product.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2014-10-30
A smart, engaged film powered by an altogether remarkable performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, it is melodrama grounded in a disturbing reality, an extreme scenario that is troubling because it cuts close to the bone.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2014-10-30
It's a solid first time out in any event, entertainingly obvious at some points, obvious-obvious at others, and jazzed to have a rich subject and a star willing to run with it.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-10-30
Nightcrawler serves as a phenomenal showcase for Gyllenhaal, who is never less than riveting . A full package of tics, tension and breathless patter, this self-taught entrepreneur stops at nothing, evoking a Taxi Driver for the TMZ age.
Preston Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2014-10-30
Writer-director Dan Gilroy wants it both ways - snarling comedy and gripping thriller - and for the most part he gets what he wants.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2014-10-30
It seems like a lot of satirical hue and cry about a social problem I'm not sure the nation is currently plagued by. Are local TV news stations really conducting daily bidding wars over the goriest footage random freelancers can bring them?
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2015-01-04
After a few minutes you know everything about Louis you're going to know; the only surprise in Nightcrawler is the level of grotesqueness it achieves.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-10-31
[Gilroy] wants Louis, who perpetrates some ghastly escapades, to epitomize the sick soul of media exploitation, but he also celebrates him as an entrepreneurial go-getter who is just giving us hypocrites what we secretly (or not-so-secretly) crave.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2014-10-31
Howard's intrusive score enhances the sense that Nightcrawler is a movie and nothing more. Which is fine, of course. But the movie's movie-ness makes you aware that a statement is being made without articulating what it is.
Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2014-10-31
It's hard not to be fascinated by the dark places Gyllenhaal goes here. But "Nightcrawler" falls short as social commentary or even psychological yarn. Like Louis, it talks a good game that crumbles as you ponder it.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2014-10-31