Nocturnal Animals

Lists: Drama, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers

Brief Synopsis: "A woman named Susan receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband — a man she left 20 years earlier — asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor whose family vacation turns violent."

Overall Ranking: 182 (Rank from 2016: # 7)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 71.43%
Regular 28.57%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Chris of This Is Madness100(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown99 - Nocturnal Animals is a beast of a movie. With just his second feature film now under his belt buckle, sophomore director Tom Ford has made it clear that he is a heavy hitter who intends to play ball this awards season.
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Gorgon Reviews99(full review)
The Void97(full review)
Often Off Topic Allie Adkins90 - A dark, gritty drama with an ending that will stay on your minds for days afterwards.
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Movie Waffler Eric Hillis90(full review)
Alistair Ryder88(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies88(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
Popcorn Scorn88(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83
Bryan Lienesch77 - Honestly, had the film only been of the story in the manuscript itself, it would have been better. The superficial characters of the 'real world' bring nothing to the table and even Edward Sheffield, who we only see in flashbacks, ends us with a reminder that he's not much better, either.
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine75 - Nocturnal Animals is an intriguing, well-wrought film that explores themes of loyalty, materialism, choices made too quickly. What's most impressive are the transistions from Susan's current life, to the fictional story, to then to she and Tony's past it's all so perfectly balanced and never jarring. Tom Ford understands how to make an art film, and still have it be accessible.
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Dan O'Neill75(full review)

People Involved

  • Amy Adams (Susan Morrow)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Tony Hastings)
  • Michael Shannon (Bobby Andes)
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ray Marcus)
  • Isla Fisher (Laura Hastings)
  • Ellie Bamber (Helen Hastings)
  • Armie Hammer (Hutton Morrow)
  • Karl Glusman (Lou)
  • Robert Aramayo (Turk)
  • Laura Linney (Anne Sutton)
  • Andrea Riseborough (Alessia)
  • Michael Sheen (Carlos)
  • India Menuez (Samantha Morrow)
  • Imogen Waterhouse (Chloe)
  • Zawe Ashton (Alex)
  • Kristin Bauer van Straten (Samantha Van Helsing)
  • Neil Jackson (Christopher)
  • Jena Malone (Sage Ross)
  • Franco Vega (Driver)
  • Lee Benton (Linda)
  • Maria Zyrianova (Blonde Woman)
  • Jack Wallace (Old Man)
  • Amanda Fields (Art Gallery Guest)
  • Celeste Octavia (Super Model)
  • Tamara Robertson (Laura Hastings Body Double)
  • Stephanie Walters (Laura Hastings Body Double)
  • Chelsea Taylor (Young Girl)
  • Carson Nicely (Dinner Party Valet)
  • Nick Hounslow (Party Attendee)
  • Tonia Marie Rosée (Art Gallery Guest)
  • Josh Ford (Businessman (as Joshua Dylan))
  • Peter A. Marshall (Director)
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