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The Hurt Locker Reviews

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September 11, 2017
I probably should have seen this movie when I had the chance in theaters, but as a DVD it didn't live up to the hype, though it was well done.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2017
As a war movie the film. . .is content to ply the old standbys, such as the men in the trenches who understand the reality of the war, the effete desk-bound commanders who offer useless advice, and the civilians who exist merely as cannon fodder.
February 23, 2016
We may not like Staff Sgt. James all that much, but those of us who get our adrenaline fixes at the movies can recognize a bit of ourselves in him.
February 16, 2016
More than anything, The Hurt Locker is a high-wire study of men at work, its lack of overt politics replaced by a revelatory central performance.
February 25, 2015
One of the best-made films of 2009.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 25, 2015
There is much that is fiercely modest about its ambitions. And, for a war film, it is often disconcertingly quiet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 25, 2015
This is a harrowing picture, made all the more disturbing because it's based in a war that is being waged right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 25, 2015
An important, intense, nail-biting experience -- really quite unforgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 25, 2015
The idea of watching people risking being blown to smithereens might not create a box office blockbuster. But this is certainly director Kathryn Bigelow's best film since Point Break in 1991.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 25, 2015
Locker is merciless in its wretched view of life during wartime. IEDs, suicide bombers, even old-school sniper fire -- all these things are around to remind soldiers that death is imminent at any waking minute.
Read More | Original Score: B+
February 25, 2015
The Hurt Locker succeeds where others haven't, putting you in the boots of highly trained Army personnel. And since they're experts at defusing bombs, it's understandable if you shake in them.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 25, 2015
It is visceral filmmaking at its best.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 25, 2015
The movie pays off so well because it places you fully in the shoes of the men, from their fears and obsessions to their paranoia about virtually every Iraqi citizen they encounter.
February 25, 2015
A sudden, extended sniper attack, coming midway through the movie, is the best sequence I've seen on film this year.
February 25, 2015
One of the best war movies I've seen.
February 25, 2015
I think the film works really well precisely because they don't try to build up some phony narrative arc to hang the whole thing on. The film is very slice-of-life, very observational.
February 25, 2015
There are plenty of things in Hurt Locker that may tempt you to cover your ears and hide your eyes. If you do, you'll be missing one of the year's best movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 25, 2015
Boal's script discovers the hollow inside the brave James: the missing part that made him never stop to realize why he did his job. That final revelation is smart filmmaking.
February 25, 2015
The Hurt Locker is set in present-day Baghdad, but it could be taking place anywhere in the world, at virtually any time in the last century.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 25, 2015
The Hurt Locker is amazing as a thoughtful action movie but merely really, really darn good as a character study.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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