The Day of the Jackal Reviews

November 1, 2007
It's a polished and exciting thriller, mercifully unburdened with heavy political/philosophical digressions.
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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Low on documentary conviction and political context, but an intriguing exercise in concealing the obvious.
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.
May 20, 2003
The details are minutely observed and, to me, just a bit boring.
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.