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Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Drama, Thriller

An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
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The critical consensus

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

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 31/10/2016

The thriller elements have genuine gut-wrenching power, but everything around them is comically severe.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 03/11/2016

There is an unwholesome kind of toxic deliciousness in this film: a vodka kick of pure malice.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 03/11/2016

The result is a clever, complex exploration of emasculation, humiliation and revenge with a brilliant ensemble cast.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 04/11/2016

This stylish psychodrama is a skilful synthesis of the mood of Hitchock, the skewed reality of Lynch and Kubrick’s obsessive attention to detail.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 06/11/2016

Susan (Amy Adams) is materially successful but emotionally unfilled. When she’s sent a manuscript by her ex (Jake Gyllenhaal), telling a tale of vengeance in the Texas desert, she reminisces on her former life and confronts the mistakes she’s made.

****(*)Will Lawrence, Empire Online, 04/11/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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