• R, 2 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Kathryn Bigelow
  • In Theaters:    Jan 11, 2013 Wide
  • On DVD:    Mar 19, 2013
  • Columbia Pictures

Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013

The film, much like it's heroine played by Jessica Chastain (The Help), is steely-resolved with eyes only for the task at hand.

Eric D. Snider
July 13, 2013

Even without getting a Hollywood makeover, the story has inherent drama, suspense, and thrills, which Bigelow lets arise naturally.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013

A historical timeline, a pulsating thriller, a moving character study and a true-life violent revenge story, all in one, told in a sweating, oppressive, strangling fashion.

Full Review | Original Score: A
David Thomson
The New Republic
Top Critic
June 13, 2013

If you like World War II films, you'll enjoy this.

Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty is truly one of the best films of 2012. In my list, it is the best...

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 28, 2013

"Zero Dark Thirty" shows guts in taking on loaded subject matter and filmmaking confidence and skill in not telling us how we should feel about it.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013

It provides a much needed catharsis for what was done to nearly 3,000 innocent Americans at the behest of a mass-murdering religious zealot.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013

...a somber, black-winged benediction for what we might count as a lost decade.

Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 23, 2013

Unsettling and unforgettable...challenges the justifications of war's ugly atrocities, without resorting to jingoistic platitudes.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013

a brilliant high tech treatment of the subject and the classified nature of the disclosures

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
April 8, 2013

A film of infectious urgency, questionable accuracy, murky morality and undeniable emotional and intellectual power

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 31, 2013

Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is a grueling masterpiece that captures the hunt for bin Laden with a daunting amount of realism and efficiency.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 23, 2013

The direction by Kathryn Bigelow, who won Oscars for Best Film and Best Director in her previous film "The Hurt Locker," is fierce and focused...

Richard von Busack
March 19, 2013

Indulges Cheneyian fantasies complete with the bad-movie scene of the prisoner's defiance: "You're just a garbage man in the corporation," shouts the Arab who needs a lesson in manners from the Ph.D. (in torture?) who is racking him.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 17, 2013

Bigelow tells the story very well, very efficiently, but doesn't really say much about it, which is ironic given the response to the film in some quarters.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
March 14, 2013

Kathryn Bigelow takes the procedural model and brushes away every unnecessary detail, leaving behind a heavy, blunt object of a film that is also hugely watchable, engrossing and, best of all... highly suspenseful.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 14, 2013

Rotten Tomatoes notes that I agree with Tomatometer critics 80 percent of the time, but this is one of those times I have to part ways with them.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Gonsalves
March 13, 2013

Bigelow has directed excellent movies before, but this deserves to be remembered as the film that established her as a master.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 26, 2013

You can't deny that what Zero Dark Thirty sets out to do, it does excellently.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 23, 2013

An exhilarating and compelling historical document worthy of praise.

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