Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Violent but thoughtful thriller about the state of media.

R 2014 117 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 26 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Dark, Compelling, Twisted Thriller

Night crawler is a unique compelling thriller about a man who films violent crimes for a living, so as you can imagine this film is extremely dark and twisted. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a jaw dropping performance as weird robot like Lou who in my opinion is one of the greatest villains of all time, although for some he may be a little too unsettling. Violence : 3/5 Almost all the violence in this film is the aftermath of violent crimes. This can be bloody at times, but what is most shocking is lou’s disturbing attitude towards all the death and violence he encounters. A man is shot with very small amount of blood sprayed, however this scene is very disturbing. Lou films multiple dead bodies covered in blood. Lou moves some dead body’s to get a better angle. Multiple police officers are shot (blood is seen). Bad Language : 4/5 About 60 - 70 uses of the F-word. Lots of other mild profanity. Sex : 2/5 A character blackmails another into having sex. No sex scenes Messages : 4/5 Gives a powerful message about how far some people will go to get what they want, as well as showing how corrupt the media is.

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 13+

Brilliant, stressful flick has disturbing content and language

Nightcrawler is a dark film painted bright colors, as it never feels as disturbing as it is. Despite frequent images of disturbing nature, the main characters disturbing reaction to it and need to profit off of it is extremely unsettling, and on top of this the character exhibits disturbing, selfish, manipulative and shadowed sociopathic behavior throughout, all in an attempt to make money. VIOLENCE: During the duration of the film, several scenes depict aftermaths of distasteful, such as accidents, stabbings and shootings. Some scenes show bloody injury, and some do not. The protagonist records the aftermaths obnoxiously. During one particularly disturbing scene, a man responds to a 911 call about a shooting and gets to the house before police get there. When he arrives, the killers are still in the house and gunshots are heard, and the men are shown exiting the home. Then, the man enters the house to discover a woman shot in the chest with blood splattered everywhere, then a man shot dead in his bed showing bloody injury including his severed leg. Finally, the man walks downstairs to discover the final victim shot on the ground but still breathing as blood pools under his body along with graphic injury and detail. This scene is show repeatedly during the second half of the film, sometimes on news. Inside of a diner, a man suddenly removes a gun and shoots several police officers before he flies through the window and is shot in the arm, spraying blood. Then, we see a high speed chase where a cop car is smashed into, then the chase ends with the other cop car and the killers car to crash and flip. Then, a man is suddenly shot repeatedly in the chest by one of the people in the accident, spraying blood and causing many bullet homes to appear. Then the killer is shot down. This is the most violent sequence in the movie. The nature of the violence in this film is so disturbing not because of the amount of blood shown, but because why it happens. Most of the violence caused in the film is caused by the main character, who sets up violent acts, tampers with crime scenes and sets up his own friends death all in an attempt to record it and hand it into the news company. Overall, the violence and bloody images in the film are overall quite moderate, but the context in which it appears is unsettling. LANGUAGE: Around 55 uses of “f*ck” and infrequent use of “sh*t”, “d*ck”, “godd*amn” and “ass”. OVERALL: 13+ for disturbing content and language

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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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