Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Hell of a thing to be on the edge of your seat when everybody in the world already knows the ending.
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
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
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...
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
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.
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
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