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The Zodiac Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 8, 2007
I hate to waste my time seeing what I know is an incomplete work. Good filmmaking and story telling, though.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
March 2, 2007
Whether you're a true-crime buff or just an average cinephile who enjoys a well-crafted film, you'll find something to like about Zodiac.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
August 1, 2006
Though The Zodiac is filled with a strong premise and taut atmosphere, Bulkley hardly ever gives us a reason to care for Johnny or Laura.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 27, 2006
Great case; mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
March 18, 2006
Bulkley juxtaposes the benign ordinariness of Vallejo with the savagery of the crime, the wholesome landscape standing in sharp contrast to what happens when no one is looking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Randy Myers
Contra Costa Times
March 17, 2006
Impressive and unnerving, if uneven.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
March 16, 2006
At its most interesting, The Zodiac spins a tale of the consequences of homicide, painting a palpable and realistic-seeming portrait of a family and a community falling victim to the psychological terrorism of a serial killer.
February 12, 2007
The Zodiac case receded into limbo, and Bulkley's film ends on an inconclusive and profoundly unsatisfying note.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
September 5, 2006
It's two, maybe three different takes on the same subject duking it out for airtime, and the resulting struggle only leads to boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
March 28, 2006
A B-movie with just enough heft and factual accuracy to lull us into taking it seriously.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 22, 2006
The Zodiac has been made with the dunderheaded flatness of bad '70s TV.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 21, 2006
A wan, pedestrian treatment of a notorious unsolved crime
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2006
It has the look of a straight-to-video movie, or at best a Project Greenlight production.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2006
The would-be psychological thriller devolves into a plodding domestic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
March 17, 2006
It's a barely serviceable police procedural that has a harder time locating persuasive drama than its detectives do tracking down their man.
| Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 17, 2006
The B-team version of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News
March 17, 2006
Have the screenwriters ever studied the concept of arc, how characters evolve from opening to closing credits?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 17, 2006
This movie was born under the sign of the mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Johnny Butane
Dread Central
March 17, 2006
A less-than stable script and some questionable performances keep it firmly in the realm of direct-to-DVD fodder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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