The Day of the Jackal Reviews

July 22, 2019
This is not a bad movie, it races by and entertains, after a fashion. It simply is not as good as it should have been.
September 30, 2018
Director Fred Zinnemann, scripter Kenneth Ross, and editor Ralph Kemplen (earning this film's sole Oscar nomination) all deserve high marks.
November 1, 2007
It's a polished and exciting thriller, mercifully unburdened with heavy political/philosophical digressions.
November 1, 2007
A taut, suspenseful, and fascinating political thriller.
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.
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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Low on documentary conviction and political context, but an intriguing exercise in concealing the obvious.
June 3, 2005
January 5, 2005
Great assassination-based thriller
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.
June 13, 2004
An engrossing film about a terrorist.
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.
August 22, 2003
June 29, 2003
Delightfully intelligent and often irreverant, it's a good yarn and a good thriller to boot.
June 26, 2003
May 24, 2003
[A] taut, slow-burning thriller.
July 30, 2002
July 27, 2002
A taut, tight assassination classic.
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.
January 1, 2000
Very exciting and entertaining.