• Z
    1 minutes 15 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Z Reviews

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Variety Staff
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A punchy political pic [from the novel by Vassilis Vassilikos] that mixes action, violence, and conspiracy on a robust, lavish scale.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 20, 2008

Time Out
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The recreation of the murder and the subsequent investigation uses the techniques of an American thriller to gripping effect, though conspiracies are so commonplace nowadays that it's hard to imagine the impact it made at the time.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Cole Smithey

It's a film that bluntly and stylistically depicts the impotence of truth as a weapon against authoritarian injustice.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

October 10, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is a film of our time. It is about how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you weep and will make you angry. It will tear your guts out.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Costa Gavras political thriller still has bite

| Original Score: 4/5

October 19, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As fresh and cogent today as it was then -- or perhaps it's simply that real life has made it once again relevant.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

August 24, 2003


Superbly acted, gripping entertainment.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

One of the most riveting political films ever made with its vivid depiction of the corrupt and corrosive lust for power.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 4, 2002
Christopher Null

The Frenchies smoke, drink, and mumble their way through the whole affair. There's no "intrigue," no matter what the critics say.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 3, 2002
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Costa-Garvas organizes the material brilliantly to maintain interest, gradually revealing new layers of intrigue as the plot unwinds Rashoman-like style

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

February 27, 2001
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The usual excuse for films like this is that the crude melodrama helps communicate important political ideas and historical information, but Z doesn't communicate anything.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2011
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A

November 17, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 4/5

April 7, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 29, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

July 16, 2004
Michael Szymanski

| Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

| Original Score: 5/5

October 4, 2002


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 26, 1969
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