Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams star in this romantic thriller from writer-director Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright.

"Susan (Adams) is a successful L.A. art gallery owner who wants for very little, yet she finds her paradise troubled by the frequent absences of her second husband (Armie Hammer), a handsome young doctor, due to his incessant travelling. Susan is rattled further when a manuscript arrives on her desk, written by her long-estranged first husband, Tony (Gyllenhaal).

"Alone, with her current husband away in New York, Susan opens the manuscript and is propelled into the fictional life of a teacher (also Gyllenhaal) whose drive to his summer house with his family is about to turn into a nightmare. As Susan gets deeper into the book, she is forced to examine her own past. Oscillating effortlessly between Susan's reality and the story within a story, Ford slowly and meticulously turns the screws, delving into suspense while keeping a firm hand on the disturbing drama." (Toronto International Film Festival)

Best Supporting Actor (Taylor-Johnson), Golden Globes 2017; Silver Lion (Grand Jury Prize) winner at Venice Film Festival 2016
2016Rating: R16, Violence, sexual violence, offensive language & nudity115 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Tom Ford's first film since 'A Single Man' is another winner, an ambitious high-wire noir thriller with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in an explosive tale of love, violence, and revenge.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Style is substance in Ford's second film. Unlike many puzzle-piece movies, it thrills on every level.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Feels almost unbearably cruel and cynical.

2.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

The movie feels glazed and remote, a surface with all the identifying fingerprints polished off.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a terrifically absorbing thriller with that vodka-kick of pure malice.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Movies like Nocturnal Animals make their mark on me by being provocative, artfully constructed and narratively compelling.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Tom Ford takes his stylish shears to Austin Wright's intricate 1993 novel Tony And Susan, cutting and splicing to re-assemble a gleaming array of images in a narrative Russian doll.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

You might just find something absolutely phenomenal.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film once again demonstrates that Ford is both an intoxicating sensualist and an accomplished storyteller...

0

It feels odd to criticize a film pitched as a psychological thriller for being "cold" or "unpleasant" - these would seem to be prerequisites for the genre. But Nocturnal Animals is cold, unpleasant, and frustratingly close to being something better. Even with a cast this strong, I sensed some basic artificiality at the root of the enterprise, which made it...

2.0
0

Nocturnal Animal is directed by Tom Ford, it stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Michael Shannon. Amy Adams plays a wealthy and a sophisticated art gallery owner. She receives a novel from her ex-husband, which she interprets as a devastating story about a family, however as she reads on, she recalls the memories with her ex-husband...

5.0
0

The pacing and cinematography were very moody and Eyes Wide Shut-esque. I though the film blended the story within the story well with both the current time tale and flash backs & that was an interesting twist. It was an intriguing film and had us discussing it afterwards, but maybe a little too intellectual and simply left me feeling cold.

3.0
0

What a film! I saw this last night and have a feeling I'm going to be thinking about it for days to come! •••• SPOILER FREE •••• . From the opening credits, you will be thrown into something quite unexpected. Trance-like yet utterly riveting. The genius of this film is the way Ford has moulded the 3 storylines so seamlessly. They complement each other...

5.0
0

Tom Ford has done a masterful job of layering on this flick. There is a lot more to the story than initially meets the eye and for some viewers the plot may be confusing but really this is a simple tale of regret and revenge told from multiple angles. The casting was less than perfect and the slowness of the pace was wearing in some parts but kudos to Tom...

3.0
0

An exploration of how deep the feelings run in a messy breakup. This is far more than it seems and deserves multiple viewings. Aaron Taylor Johnson is memorable as is Michael Shannon in the undercard. Overall, a very engaging watch but also through gritted teeth.

4.0
0

It is hard to adequately describe the opening scenes of the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals (2016) but you will not forget them quickly. Picture, if you will, images of completely naked and generously sized women writhing rhythmically to a heavy beat with various body parts moving simultaneously in different directions. They slowly progress in...

4.0
0

I am a big fan of "A Single Man", Ford's first feature. Not surprising given his background, this is yet another effortlessly stylish film. However, it didn't quite have the same emotional pull for me. The events happening in 'real life' felt a little too cold and calculated. Rich people being bored with their beautiful lives, characters talking their...

4.0
0

Beautifully shot and crafted film which left me slightly dissatisfied. On reflection though it all made much more sense and I'm still thinking about it days later. A disturbing and thought provoking tale of heartbreak and revenge. Don't take your mum.

4.0
0

My partner & I both really enjoyed this movie. Beautifully shot, some shocking scenes, some thought provoking moments and a great ending. Definitely worth watching!

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Tom Ford's first film since 'A Single Man' is another winner, an ambitious high-wire noir thriller with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in an explosive tale of love, violence, and revenge.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Style is substance in Ford's second film. Unlike many puzzle-piece movies, it thrills on every level.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Feels almost unbearably cruel and cynical.

2.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

The movie feels glazed and remote, a surface with all the identifying fingerprints polished off.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a terrifically absorbing thriller with that vodka-kick of pure malice.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Movies like Nocturnal Animals make their mark on me by being provocative, artfully constructed and narratively compelling.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Tom Ford takes his stylish shears to Austin Wright's intricate 1993 novel Tony And Susan, cutting and splicing to re-assemble a gleaming array of images in a narrative Russian doll.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

You might just find something absolutely phenomenal.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The film once again demonstrates that Ford is both an intoxicating sensualist and an accomplished storyteller...

0

It feels odd to criticize a film pitched as a psychological thriller for being "cold" or "unpleasant" - these would seem to be prerequisites for the genre. But Nocturnal Animals is cold, unpleasant, and frustratingly close to being something better. Even with a cast this strong, I sensed some basic artificiality at the root of the enterprise, which made...

2.0
0

Nocturnal Animal is directed by Tom Ford, it stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Michael Shannon. Amy Adams plays a wealthy and a sophisticated art gallery owner. She receives a novel from her ex-husband, which she interprets as a devastating story about a family, however as she reads on, she recalls the memories with her...

5.0
0

The pacing and cinematography were very moody and Eyes Wide Shut-esque. I though the film blended the story within the story well with both the current time tale and flash backs & that was an interesting twist. It was an intriguing film and had us discussing it afterwards, but maybe a little too intellectual and simply left me feeling cold.

3.0
0

What a film! I saw this last night and have a feeling I'm going to be thinking about it for days to come! •••• SPOILER FREE •••• . From the opening credits, you will be thrown into something quite unexpected. Trance-like yet utterly riveting. The genius of this film is the way Ford has moulded the 3 storylines so seamlessly. They complement each other...

5.0
0

Tom Ford has done a masterful job of layering on this flick. There is a lot more to the story than initially meets the eye and for some viewers the plot may be confusing but really this is a simple tale of regret and revenge told from multiple angles. The casting was less than perfect and the slowness of the pace was wearing in some parts but kudos to Tom...

3.0
0

An exploration of how deep the feelings run in a messy breakup. This is far more than it seems and deserves multiple viewings. Aaron Taylor Johnson is memorable as is Michael Shannon in the undercard. Overall, a very engaging watch but also through gritted teeth.

4.0
0

It is hard to adequately describe the opening scenes of the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals (2016) but you will not forget them quickly. Picture, if you will, images of completely naked and generously sized women writhing rhythmically to a heavy beat with various body parts moving simultaneously in different directions. They slowly progress in...

4.0
0

I am a big fan of "A Single Man", Ford's first feature. Not surprising given his background, this is yet another effortlessly stylish film. However, it didn't quite have the same emotional pull for me. The events happening in 'real life' felt a little too cold and calculated. Rich people being bored with their beautiful lives, characters talking their...

4.0
0

Beautifully shot and crafted film which left me slightly dissatisfied. On reflection though it all made much more sense and I'm still thinking about it days later. A disturbing and thought provoking tale of heartbreak and revenge. Don't take your mum.

4.0
0

My partner & I both really enjoyed this movie. Beautifully shot, some shocking scenes, some thought provoking moments and a great ending. Definitely worth watching!

4.0
0