The Day of the Jackal Reviews

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
November 1, 2007
It's a polished and exciting thriller, mercifully unburdened with heavy political/philosophical digressions.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 1, 2007
A taut, suspenseful, and fascinating political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
November 1, 2007
The major asset of the film is that it succeeds in maintaining interest and suspense despite obvious viewer foreknowledge of the outcome.
Emanuel Levy
April 23, 2007
Like all Zinnemann's work, this meticulously crafted political thriller is involving but not exciting due to his detached perspective and the fact that we know the outcome, that De Gaulle wasn't assassinated, but it's cast with Europe's best actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Low on documentary conviction and political context, but an intriguing exercise in concealing the obvious.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
January 5, 2005
Great assassination-based thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I wasn't prepared for how good it really is: it's not just a suspense classic, but a beautifully executed example of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 13, 2004
An engrossing film about a terrorist.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 11, 2003
A taut, suspenseful thriller that is as exciting as the first time you saw it. Fox is wonderful as the assassin; a great cat-and-mouse feature.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
June 29, 2003
Delightfully intelligent and often irreverant, it's a good yarn and a good thriller to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
[A] taut, slow-burning thriller.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The details are minutely observed and, to me, just a bit boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
A taut, tight assassination classic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Hilditch
April 17, 2001
Zinnemann's tale of an extremist faction's plot to kill the celebrated French leader and the authorities' efforts to capture the mercenary assassin hired for the job achieves a dignified tone and compelling pace seldom seen in latter-day thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
Very exciting and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Edward Havens
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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