Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 23, 2013
An exhilarating and compelling historical document worthy of praise.
Tom Clift
February 19, 2013
Bigelow's latest proves a rewarding piece of filmmaking, one that, in its best moments at least, is as gripping and as troubling as anything the director's ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 16, 2013
Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal shape history -- those breaks, big and small, that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden -- into one of the finest fact-based thrillers since "All the President's Men."
Full Review | Original Score: *****
February 15, 2013
A ripping revenge yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
February 13, 2013
Purely as cinematic exercise, Zero Dark Thirty is an exhilarating piece of work. But, beyond its for-the-times subject matter, the work does not linger whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 10, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty is interesting as opposed to enjoyable, intriguing as opposed to entertaining, and certainly less memorable than The Hurt Locker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
February 10, 2013
It's quite remarkable how Bigelow and Boal managed to take 12 years of information (including a conclusion that everyone knows) and packaged it into a coherent, intimate and intense movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 9, 2013
We know the ending, yet remain mesmerized by familiar details, filmed with a harrowing sense of urgency. It's as close to being in the White House situation room that night, watching a closed-circuit broadcast, as anyone could expect.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 9, 2013
The second half of the film IS the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Charity
February 5, 2013
What's striking is the absence of triumphalism -- Bigelow doesn't shy away from showing the victims shot down in cold blood in the compound -- and we come away with the overwhelming sense that this has been a grim, dark episode in our history.
February 4, 2013
Whereas Locker was less about war than what it is to have a death wish, ZDT is less about the suspenseful true-life search for Osama bin Laden than the red tape one woman must wade through to prove that a mean old bastard is living in suburban Pakistan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013
Bigelow's great achievement is stripping down the action from the exaggerated theatrics in movies and television shows so the missions feel no less exciting and immediate.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 2, 2013
One of the finest movies of the year is a thriller about the tracking and, finally, slaying of Osama bin Laden.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Martain
The Mercury
February 2, 2013
There is no Team America-style, flag-waving bravado behind this story - it is quite the opposite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 1, 2013
Bigelow has created the best film of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
February 1, 2013
"Zero Dark Thirty" is less a celebration how terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was found and killed than an engrossing examination of why it took a decade to deal with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 1, 2013
One of the year's best
January 31, 2013
Following on from the great acclaim of The Hurt Locker, Bigalow's shaky cam and tough talking characters once again take us to the dark side of modern warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
January 31, 2013
In the absence of cinematic grandeur and didacticism, we're left as empty and as lost as Chastain's agent as she boards a symbolically empty plane for an uncertain future. Just what are we to think of the so-called War on Terror?
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 28, 2013
The viewer needs to stay sharp to stay on top of the details of the labyrinthine search, but Bigelow tackles the complex story with the same muscular urgency and incisive intelligence that won her an Oscar for The Hurt Locker.
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