Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 28, 2013
Exhilarating cinema that makes you want to forget all the questionable issues of representation that have come before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 27, 2013
This is a fascinating film, and Chastain's wonderful performance has something in it of the tragic sense of life.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
January 25, 2013
So overwhelming is the momentum that it proves possible to live with the intelligence that the protagonist is complicit in ground-level fascism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
January 25, 2013
Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama snakes its way to a riveting action finale
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sexton
This is London
January 25, 2013
Terrifically good, propulsive film-making ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
January 24, 2013
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
January 24, 2013
Not what you'd call crowd-pleasing, this is fascinating - if occasionally harrowing - in its realistic depiction of the intricacies of CIA operations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 24, 2013
Against all the odds, Kathryn Bigelow's powerful story of the hunt is a taut and searing action thriller that keeps you gripped.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 24, 2013
A silly, at times despicable film that never remotely deserved an Oscar nomination. Compared with this, Team America: World Police was a think piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 24, 2013
We get all imaginable views of the witchy pentacle that is covert US military politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Crook
Little White Lies
January 24, 2013
It haunts and lingers long after the lights go up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
January 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
January 24, 2013
For much of its three hour running time, Zero Dark Thirty moves like a police procedural: it is rigorous, pared-back and analytical.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
January 24, 2013
We all know this story ends but Zero Dark Thirty's finale is still gripping and action-packed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 24, 2013
It's an effective thriller - uninterested in anyone other than the home team.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 24, 2013
A step by step depiction of what went into the hunt for and discovery of Osama bin Laden. The characters are surface view only.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
January 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
January 24, 2013
A riveting, gut-churningly tense and eye-opening window into the brutal and bloody world of post-9/11 intelligence gathering ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
January 24, 2013
It's stylishly filmed and carried by a strong cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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