This is a fascinating film, and Chastain's wonderful performance has something in it of the tragic sense of life.
So overwhelming is the momentum that it proves possible to live with the intelligence that the protagonist is complicit in ground-level fascism.
| Original Score: 4/5
Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama snakes its way to a riveting action finale
Terrifically good, propulsive film-making ...
Remarkable and engaging piece of filmmaking considering the outcome of the story is well known. A sign of the times we live in and the processes put in place to wrangle the people that choose to live outside the realm of civility
Not what you'd call crowd-pleasing, this is fascinating - if occasionally harrowing - in its realistic depiction of the intricacies of CIA operations.
Against all the odds, Kathryn Bigelow's powerful story of the hunt is a taut and searing action thriller that keeps you gripped.
A silly, at times despicable film that never remotely deserved an Oscar nomination. Compared with this, Team America: World Police was a think piece.
| Original Score: 1/5
We get all imaginable views of the witchy pentacle that is covert US military politics.
It haunts and lingers long after the lights go up.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bigelow has crafted a riveting, entirely convincing procedural that shows us the long, frustrating pursuit of bin Laden through the eyes of Jessica Chastain's dogged CIA agent.
For much of its three hour running time, Zero Dark Thirty moves like a police procedural: it is rigorous, pared-back and analytical.
| Original Score: 9/10
We all know this story ends but Zero Dark Thirty's finale is still gripping and action-packed.
| Original Score: A
It's an effective thriller - uninterested in anyone other than the home team.
| Original Score: 3/5
A step by step depiction of what went into the hunt for and discovery of Osama bin Laden. The characters are surface view only.
| Original Score: 7/10
In Kathryn Bigelow's masterful thriller, the manhunt for Osama bin Laden is the ultimate no-win scenario: a battle neither side can afford to lose with a prize that may not be worth the fight.
A riveting, gut-churningly tense and eye-opening window into the brutal and bloody world of post-9/11 intelligence gathering ...
It's stylishly filmed and carried by a strong cast.
Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated follow-up to The Hurt Locker is a gripping, sharply written and subtly provocative thriller, anchored by a terrific central performance from Jessica Chastain.
A proficient exercise in re-creating the key events...but little insight into the wider implications of the assassination of America's greatest bogeyman.