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A story in which a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly.
Drama Thriller - This drama is two stories in one: one, a relationship drama; the
other, a violent thriller. Jake Gyllenhaal figures prominently in
both sides while Amy Adams features in only one, as does Michael
Shannon. Some other familiar faces such as Isla Fisher, Laura
Linney, and Armie Hammer have very small roles. Language, violence,
nudity, sexual content, and adult subject matter make the film not
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 19 S-words; 10 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: A rape and lots of unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody beetings and shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Car chasing and ramming. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Although the second half of Nocturnal Animals doesn't rise to the level of the white-knuckle first 45 minutes, the production as a whole represents an effective melding of visceral and intellectual filmmaking. This movie leaves an impression that's difficult to shake.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good This may or may not be one of the best films of 2016, but it's absolutely one of the most interesting. ...a work of exceptional, undeniable craft, but it's also a movie that's meant to stick to you a little bit. ...this is also a movie that suggests that not having a strong reaction is a way of having a strong reaction to something related to the movie. So I'll give it that.
NY PostFull Review Good I'd love to tell you Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals” is a cinematic masterpiece, and for most of its running time, that's what I was planning to do. You must see it. But a great movie requires a great ending, and "Nocturnal Animals” doesn't have one.
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average ...a film that stands tantalizingly close to greatness. The film gets close to a double-barreled satirical thriller commenting on the historic rift between city and country.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 42 moviegoers:
WOW! I haven't seen reviews this varied in a LONG TIME! This is a very strange movie and these reviews show it. The opening scene of obese ladies dancing completely naked is likely one of the reasons this movie received such a high percentage of mediocre to low reviews. Seeing this movie is a real gamble. If your taste in movies leans more towards the strange Arthouse movies that most professional movie critics enjoy then this may be just the movie for you.