Adapted from post-viewing impressions I left on Twitter last night:
NIGHTCRAWLER **1/2 of ****. Sometimes effective, other times cartoonish story of garrulous sociopath/self-made TV news cameraman. NIGHTCRAWLER is what a collaboration between Paddy Chayefsky, Barry Levinson and Joel Schumacher might have looked like--NETWORK, JIMMY HOLLYWOOD and FALLING DOWN all mashed together. To be fair to writer/director Dan Gilroy, NIGHTCRAWLER can be spot on as a study in LA desperation and amorality, but also too comfy with easy cynicism--notably its finale.