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The Hurt Locker Reviews

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
February 23, 2016
We may not like Staff Sgt. James all that much, but those of us who get our adrenaline fixes at the movies can recognize a bit of ourselves in him.
Jeannette Catsoulis
Reverse Shot
February 16, 2016
More than anything, The Hurt Locker is a high-wire study of men at work, its lack of overt politics replaced by a revelatory central performance.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 25, 2015
One of the best-made films of 2009.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
February 25, 2015
There is much that is fiercely modest about its ambitions. And, for a war film, it is often disconcertingly quiet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
February 25, 2015
This is a harrowing picture, made all the more disturbing because it's based in a war that is being waged right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
February 25, 2015
An important, intense, nail-biting experience -- really quite unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 25, 2015
The idea of watching people risking being blown to smithereens might not create a box office blockbuster. But this is certainly director Kathryn Bigelow's best film since Point Break in 1991.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Craig D. Lindsey
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
February 25, 2015
Locker is merciless in its wretched view of life during wartime. IEDs, suicide bombers, even old-school sniper fire -- all these things are around to remind soldiers that death is imminent at any waking minute.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Melissa Starker
Columbus Alive
February 25, 2015
The Hurt Locker succeeds where others haven't, putting you in the boots of highly trained Army personnel. And since they're experts at defusing bombs, it's understandable if you shake in them.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 25, 2015
It is visceral filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
February 25, 2015
The movie pays off so well because it places you fully in the shoes of the men, from their fears and obsessions to their paranoia about virtually every Iraqi citizen they encounter.
Brian Miller
Seattle Weekly
February 25, 2015
A sudden, extended sniper attack, coming midway through the movie, is the best sequence I've seen on film this year.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
February 25, 2015
One of the best war movies I've seen.
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
February 25, 2015
I think the film works really well precisely because they don't try to build up some phony narrative arc to hang the whole thing on. The film is very slice-of-life, very observational.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 25, 2015
There are plenty of things in Hurt Locker that may tempt you to cover your ears and hide your eyes. If you do, you'll be missing one of the year's best movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
February 25, 2015
Boal's script discovers the hollow inside the brave James: the missing part that made him never stop to realize why he did his job. That final revelation is smart filmmaking.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
February 25, 2015
The Hurt Locker is set in present-day Baghdad, but it could be taking place anywhere in the world, at virtually any time in the last century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
February 25, 2015
The Hurt Locker is amazing as a thoughtful action movie but merely really, really darn good as a character study.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
February 25, 2015
It's a film about why some soldiers love war, a theme that's rare in war films made by men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gail Tolley
The Skinny
February 25, 2015
Bigelow's constantly moving camera, often jittery and restless, does well to convey the tension and latent chaos that bubbles beneath the surface of these soldiers' lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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