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Nocturnal Animals also known as “Animais Noturnos,” “Animales nocturnos,” “Animali notturni,” “Naktiniai gyvuliai,” “Noćne životinje,” “Yön eläimet,” “Zwierzęta nocy,” “Éjszakai ragadozók”

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language.
Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Neo-noir Crime Psychological-Thriller Adaptation
1 hr. 55 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
November 18, 2016 (36 select theaters)
November 23, 2016 (limited—127 theaters)
DVD: February 21, 2017
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Vulgar, depressing, double rape, murder movie—fully of nudity

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “An art gallery owner (Amy Adams) is haunted by her ex-husband’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. The film is an adaptation of the 1993 novel Tony And Susan by Austin Wright, described as a two-part ‘story inside a story’.”

  • Nudity: Extreme— • full frontal nude women • close-up of various women’s bare breasts • fully nude women (rear views) • men bare buttocks (rear view) • nude art display (various sculptures) • bathtub scene • shower scene • cleavage • shirtless man
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Extreme— • motherf***er (3) • other f-words (55+) • “I remember f***ing your wife” • f***ing b*tch • f***ing v*gina • f***ing b*stard • sh-words (20+) • bullsh*t • p*ssy • v*gina boy • d*ck • “With all this décolletage, you should be getting a lot more d*ckoletage” • a**hole (5) • a** (2) • son of a b*tch (3) • b*tches / b*tch • sluts • “If your daughter thinks I’m a rapist, then she gets raped”
  • Violence: Very Heavy to Extreme
  • Profane language: Very Heavy— • J*sus Chr*st • Chr*st • J*sus (2) • G*d-d*mn (9) • G*d (11) • H*ll (3) • d*mn
  • Sex: Very Heavy— • adultery • fornication • rapes • pelvic thrusting • very vulgar sexual conversations • kiss

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Movie Critics
…gynophobic death-porn… it’s a repulsive film and you shouldn’t see it…
Victoria Coren Mitchell, The Guardian
…melodramatic yet nihilistic… “Nocturnal Animals” combines high art and base behaviour… [3/4]
Peter Howell, Toronto Star Newspapers
…a miserable wallow in style… visually fussy and narcissistic. If this movie were a person, it would be constantly admiring itself in the mirror. …The images are striking, but they turn out to be meaningless… [2/4]
Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald
…a stylish, sadistic head-trip… In slow-motion close-up, three grotesquely obese women dance in the nude… [2½]
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
…The film’s pleasures include a coolly acerbic critique of the Los Angeles contemporary art scene…
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
…seductive cautionary tale… [4/5]
Mark Kermode, The Observer
…stylish, violent LA story…
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…a great movie requires a great ending, and “Nocturnal Animals” doesn’t have one. … [3/4]
Kyle Smith, New York Post
…“Nocturnal Animals” is never dull, thanks to the careful manipulation of light and space, in collaboration with cinematographer Seamus McGarvey. But the prettiness of it all can be suffocating. …
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…“Nocturnal Animals” looks good but says too little…
Stephanie Zacharek, Time
…squanders talent on a ridiculous, high-camp mess that could easily be mistaken for substance, if it weren’t so irredeemably silly… [1½/4]
Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail
…a devastating movie about sin and retribution. It’s as searing as a thunderbolt, as poisonous as the strike of a snake. … [1/5]
Paul Asay, Plugged In
…abhorrent… pretentious, self-indulgent, obscene, depressing, politically correct…
Ted Baehr, Movieguide

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