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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

 
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At Theaters: 12/9/2016 On Video: 2/21/2017
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 57 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600902
Studio: Focus Features
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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.
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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 for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Amy Adams ARRIVAL, BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Jake Gyllenhaal DEMOLITION, SOUTHPAW, NIGHTCRAWLER, ENEMY
Michael Shannon ELVIS & NIXON, FREEHELD, 99 HOMES, MAN OF STEEL
Director: Tom Ford A SINGLE MAN
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
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Content Heading
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.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Post Full 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 Magazine Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 42 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
2
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
19
Fairly Low
84%
30+Adults (F)
19
Fairly Low
63%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.

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