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


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Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

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

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Eric D. Snider

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

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

July 13, 2013
Will Leitch

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: A

June 23, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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If you like World War II films, you'll enjoy this.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 13, 2013
Elias Savada
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 6, 2013
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

"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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 4/4

May 28, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B+

May 13, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 92/100

April 27, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A-

April 23, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

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

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 14, 2013
Marc Fennell
Triple J

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

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 31, 2013
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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...

Full Review Source: Parallax View

March 23, 2013
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2013
Dave White

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 14, 2013
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

March 13, 2013
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground

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

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 8/10

February 26, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An exhilarating and compelling historical document worthy of praise.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

February 23, 2013
Tom Clift

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 Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2013
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

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 Source: Bloomberg News | Original Score: *****

February 16, 2013
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