Z Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
It is a great film for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can be enjoyed as a political thriller as well as a political statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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January 15, 2010
It's hard to overstate the impact that this Oscar-winning procedural thriller had in 1969, on a world roiling in political activism, repression, and discord.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 10, 2009
Z, whose title is a stand-in for the Greek word zei ('he lives'), takes us back to where that fascination all began for Costa-Gavras and shows us that, for the rest of us, it hasn't ever really ended.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 23, 2009
In its slick cinematic urgency and its outrage, Z still has the power to shake you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 13, 2009
Z combines the intellectual heft of revolution-themed films like The Battle of Algiers with the drop-dead cool of mod touchstones like Blow Out or Le Samouraļ.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 11, 2009
Fascism has been driven underground, but a dose of Costa-Gavra's electrifyingly brutal 1969 political thriller Z will rattle you all the same.
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
March 10, 2009
The military junta that ensued in Greece gave the film a sense of urgency approved by Cannes and Oscar alike.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 20, 2008
This movie is for those who prefer for there to be meat on a screenplay's skeleton and who don't demand far-fetched conspiracy theories that play fast and loose with the facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 20, 2008
A punchy political pic [from the novel by Vassilis Vassilikos] that mixes action, violence, and conspiracy on a robust, lavish scale.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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.