metalmeatwad’s review published on Letterboxd:
In fact, I've made up my mind. This movie is incredible.
You put Taxi Driver, Drive, The King of Comedy, Collateral, and Network in a blender and your concoction will be something like this highly entertaining, awe-inspiring cinematic achievement. You get some terrifying horror, a terrifically darkly funny comedy news satire, smart scenes filled with energy and tension, and a whole lot of Jake Gyllenhaal wiping your feet off the floor as he gives the bug-eyed performance of his career. The supporting cast is wonderful as well (especially Rene Russo). A dark movie like this shouldn't be this much fun, but it works to wondrous results. Watching Gyllenhaal's character play mind games with everyone is a riot to watch as well. This also had an action set piece that had my whole TIFF audience erupt in applause. Oh, and did I not mention this was shot by the great Robert Elswit? The retro cinematography here was absolutely beautiful, and what a shock to myself when I learned who actually did it during the credits. Literally my only flaw is this small scene in the beginning that I don't see much purpose of, but besides that it was by far one of the best films I saw at TIFF.
How in the world is this Tony Gilroy's directorial debut? What a talent we have to look forward to in the future. [A]