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Zodiac (2007)

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89

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 232
Fresh: 207 | Rotten: 25

A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 56
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 9

A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.

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As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

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Mystery & Suspense

James Vanderbilt

Jul 24, 2007

$33.0M

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All Critics (232) | Top Critics (56) | Fresh (207) | Rotten (25) | DVD (50)

There are no tidy, last-minute plot twists to make you feel good in Fincher's Zodiac, just focus -- to keep an audience focused -- and the most disciplined filmmaking you've seen in forever.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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[W]here Se7en, with its stygian gloom and theatrical executions, inflated the serial killer genre to gothic proportions, Zodiac lets the air back out. It is methodical rather than macabre, clinical rather than cruel.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Fincher, more subdued ... and aching for a return to smart suspense films from the likes of Sidney Lumet and Alan J. Pakula, pulls us by the collar into the frame and cranks the sense of menace taut without cheap tricks or cop-out gimmicks.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Gyllenhaal always manages to present a person of some sensitivity without leaning on actorish resources.

October 18, 2007
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I think this is a great film.

October 15, 2007 | Comments (5)
Ebert & Roeper
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Several bravura suspense sequences - can't help but recall slasher convention.

May 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

A complex crime drama that limits its action, opting to save it for the times that bring the greatest impact.

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

So insistent, and successful, is David Fincher at duplicating real-life hypervigilance that you may try writing a "k" in two, not three, strokes to see the difference - damning and admiring how this indisputable masterpiece drags you down the rabbit hole.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Zodiac is a great film that many true crime buffs would love due to the treatment given to the subject, and that many movie fans will admire thanks to David Fincher's direction and the performances of its cast.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Ultimately the lack of tautness in the storytelling, seemingly stemming from a desire to be as faithful as possible to Graysmith's book, costs the film dearly.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

An enthrallingly unsatisfactory film, worth watching and deciphering

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Zodiac is a marvel of moody photography, as it tries to capture the funereal pall hanging over a metropolitan city in the grip of fear.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

...an effective reenactment of some chilling real-life events.

January 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Zodiac does a great job of showing three different paths (reporter, cop, cartoonist) in trying to capture a serial killer.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Zodiac has us ponder the frustrations of a case that won't close up tightly like your weekly CSI.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Gone are the emphatic jumps and the flying-camera-through-the-keyhole style of "Panic Room". By avoiding the superficial scares he ends up creating a more devastating dread

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It is not its lack of resolution that makes Zodiac a poor film, it is its stupefying dull progression.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comments (17)
BrandonFibbs.com

An all-star cast delivers in David Fincher's look into the investigation around one of history's great unsolved serial killer cases.

February 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

What makes this movie special is that really, not much happens. ,yet it's insanely gripping, even if someone is explaining discovery or flipping through a file.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

... with this film [Fincher] detours from the graphic violence and depravity of Se7en and Fight Club to a more psychological realm of terror.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

David Fincher presents an intriguing and intelligent puzzle of a film.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Not until well into its second hour does it settle on a theme: the need to know the truth, and the dismal toll of that futile obsession.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Zodiac

I stayed up REAL late watching the DVD and I almost never do that. Couldn't turn it off. In the end, sure, a bit of a shaggy dog story but I didn't mind.

Quibble - they might have explained the Melvin Belli character a bit more. I got that he was some celebrity lawyer but I didn't think it was set up well.
February 8, 2008
brooklynspo

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Fincher is probably one of my favorite directors in Hollywood, and it is movies like Zodiac that solidify him as such. The characters in this movie are ridiculously well developed. For a dialogue heavy thriller, Zodiac is every bit as entertaining as an action movie- and it is twice as engrossing. The movie is ultimately a tale about obsession. It chronicles one man's exhausting search for truth, even as his obsession begins to get the better of other parts of his life. The protagonists in this movie are sucked into the intrigue and mystery surrounding the Zodiac Killer, and Fincher captures this intensity and desperation perfectly. At times frightening, at times frustrating, Zodiac is the best police procedural I have ever seen. Gyllenhaal and Ruffalo deliver the script perfectly and manically. And in their borderline hysteria, the viewer is effectively and equally entranced as the characters.
April 15, 2014
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Nikhil Nandu

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Robert Graysmith: Just because you can't prove it, doesn't mean it's not true.

"There's more than one way to lose your life to a serial killer"

I've now seen Zodiac twice, and although I liked it and thought it was good the first time around; I have an all new respect for Fincher's film. Zodiac is a compelling thriller about the Zodiac killer, that brought fear across the San Francisco area in the 70's. It's all true and based on case files. This isn't a thriller in the typical sense. There's not a lot of action. †We're shown a few killings in the beginning, but that's about it. From there, it's a lot of talking and a lot detective work. The film has a nice atmosphere to it. It's more chilling looking back at the film after watching it, then actually during the film itself. You see how close they were afterwards and not during, which is exactly what happened in the real situation.

This follows the media and detectives that got there's lives sucked into the killings of the Zodiac. The Zodiac was an attention seeker and serial killer killer. He started with killing lone teenagers, but he brought more fear through his letters to the newspaper. He threatened to off kids on the bus and go on mass killing spree. He took credit for killings that the police didn't think were actually him. He was perplexing and hard to track. One man gets his life sucked into it deeper than anyone. Robert Graysmith is a cartoonist at a San Francisco paper when the Zodiac starts his killings. After years of the police not being able to find him, Robert begins doing his own investigation work.

This has a phenomenal cast from top to bottom, with the big ones begin Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, and Mark Ruffalo. The direction by David Fincher is what makes this movie so compelling though. He's great with these type of thrillers that get into the minds of people. This is a lot more in the style of Seven, then it is Fight Club, but you see a lot of both films in the style of this one.†

Overall you can't go wrong watching Zodiac. It's an amazing film from one of our great modern directors. If you're into serial killer type stories, this is a can't miss. †
February 16, 2014
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Melvin White

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Review coming soon.
August 20, 2013
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    1. Inspector David Toschi: May I see that?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (17 months ago)
    1. Paul Avery: He stole the logo of a watch.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (17 months ago)
    1. Inspector David Toschi: Before I kill you, I'm going to throw your baby out the window.
    – Submitted by John L (2 years ago)
    1. Inspector David Toschi: Hey, how do we know that this lead is real?
    2. Inspector William Armstrong: It's very real. You know how I know? Cause I saw it on TV.
    – Submitted by Tiago M (2 years ago)
    1. Robert Graysmith: Just because you can't prove it, doesn't mean it's not true.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
    1. Robert Graysmith: He made a mistake. It's Arthur Leigh Allen!
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