• 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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Chris Sawin

With a protagonist you lack the desire to root for and subject matter that's been shoved down our throats in the 11 years since 9/11, This is one of the only films this year where battling heavy eyelids is more exciting than the film itself.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/10

December 22, 2012
Vincent Mancini

This isn't a bad movie, it's just too easy. This is a movie for people who want to eat their fish without having to gut it first.

Full Review Source: FilmDrunk | Original Score: B-

January 11, 2013
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

I was pretty upset that Bigelow got snubbed by the Academy.... until I actually SAW the film. It felt like a really good TV movie, but Jessica Chastain's phony and forced performance drags it down.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2013
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Bigelow isn't trying to entertain the audience, but I'm not sure what she wants us to take from the film as the end credits start.

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 5/10

January 10, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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There's an emotional detachment to the film that undercuts its potency. Zero Dark Thirty is more technically proficient than emotionally involving.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 18, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A clinical, single-minded revenge film that prioritizes technique over morality in the war on terrorism.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 1/5

December 18, 2012
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

After the lengthy torture scenes, procedural repetition takes over until the murkily-filmed Seal Team 6 raid. But Jessica Chastain is quite convincing as a CIA operative dedicated to her job.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 14, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Rotten Tomatoes notes that I agree with Tomatometer critics 80 percent of the time, but this is one of those times I have to part ways with them.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

March 14, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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While "Zero Dark Thirty" may offer political and moral arguing points aplenty, as well as vicarious thrills,as a film it's simply too much of a passable thing.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

January 11, 2013
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The second half of the film IS the film.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

February 9, 2013
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

By most cinematic measures, Zero Dark Thirty is one of the best-made films of 2012. It also probably shouldn't exist. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 3, 2013
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

The decision one has to make is whether it's worth sitting through the first two hours, that provide a fine antidote for insomnia, to see the final 37 minutes.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 4/10

December 23, 2012
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

Bigelow has hamstrung herself by not committing to a viewpoint. This is a by the numbers, cold, emotionally inert, just the "facts" procedural drama that is just barely a step above an episode of Law & Order.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: C-

January 11, 2013
Richard von Busack

Indulges Cheneyian fantasies complete with the bad-movie scene of the prisoner's defiance: "You're just a garbage man in the corporation," shouts the Arab who needs a lesson in manners from the Ph.D. (in torture?) who is racking him.

Full Review Source: MetroActive | Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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By showing scenes of torture without taking any kind of moral (as opposed to tactical) stand on what we are seeing, Bigelow has made an amoral movie -- which is, I would argue, an unconscionable approach to this material.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

December 14, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Movies must move, and this one just lies there like a stack of paper from a classified government filing cabinet.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 19, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

January 24, 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
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
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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