The Day of the Jackal - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Day of the Jackal Reviews

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October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2003
The details are minutely observed and, to me, just a bit boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2004
I wasn't prepared for how good it really is: it's not just a suspense classic, but a beautifully executed example of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 27, 2002
A taut, tight assassination classic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
November 1, 2007
The major asset of the film is that it succeeds in maintaining interest and suspense despite obvious viewer foreknowledge of the outcome.
June 29, 2003
Delightfully intelligent and often irreverant, it's a good yarn and a good thriller to boot.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2003
A taut, suspenseful thriller that is as exciting as the first time you saw it. Fox is wonderful as the assassin; a great cat-and-mouse feature.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2004
An engrossing film about a terrorist.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Very exciting and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
June 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
June 26, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
January 5, 2005
Great assassination-based thriller
| Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2001
Zinnemann's tale of an extremist faction's plot to kill the celebrated French leader and the authorities' efforts to capture the mercenary assassin hired for the job achieves a dignified tone and compelling pace seldom seen in latter-day thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 23, 2007
Like all Zinnemann's work, this meticulously crafted political thriller is involving but not exciting due to his detached perspective and the fact that we know the outcome, that De Gaulle wasn't assassinated, but it's cast with Europe's best actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 1, 2007
It's a polished and exciting thriller, mercifully unburdened with heavy political/philosophical digressions.
May 24, 2003
[A] taut, slow-burning thriller.
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January 26, 2006
Low on documentary conviction and political context, but an intriguing exercise in concealing the obvious.
November 1, 2007
A taut, suspenseful, and fascinating political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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