The Zodiac Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
March 28, 2006
A B-movie with just enough heft and factual accuracy to lull us into taking it seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 16, 2006
The filmmakers essentially box themselves into an almost existential situation where nothing happens other than the unraveling of intimate relationships under insurmountable stress.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
March 16, 2006
Regurgitates a lifetime of police-thriller conventions, adding an aura of laughable solemnity in the hope of making the plot seem less banal.
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
Staci Layne Wilson
About.com
March 16, 2006
As you drift off to sleep, think of it as The Zzz-Zodiac.
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 16, 2006
Treats the unfolding murder spree like a routine police procedural.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 27, 2006
Chambers struggles for a connective tie to the audience to justify a worn-out subject, but this script isn't the vehicle to get him anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2006
This movie was born under the sign of the mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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-
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 17, 2006
The Bulk(e)ly brothers repeat The Zodiac's famous quotation "I am waiting for a good movie about me" with an ironic lack of self-reflection.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
March 16, 2006
It takes a certain level of talent to try to make a scary movie out of a serial killer, showing most of his gruesome, cruel crimes, and end up with a real yawner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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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
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
March 17, 2006
Bulkley shows flashes of virtuosity... but for now, we'll just have to look at this film as a stepping stone in what could be a promising career.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 16, 2006
...Bulkley tells the story without frills but also without much excitement. At the end, we are told that the Zodiac's final letter included the line `I am waiting for a good movie about me.' He's still waiting.
Top Critic
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 16, 2006
Boring when it should be gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 17, 2006
The B-team version of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 21, 2006
A wan, pedestrian treatment of a notorious unsolved crime
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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