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The Hurt Locker Reviews

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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.
June 30, 2009
The script just isn't as serious as the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 9, 2009
A kind of 'Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb' - but for real, this movie ain't kidding. Hurt Locker: War means never having to say you're sorry.
December 23, 2009
Bigelow displays a fine Hitchcockian skill set, but her politics are muddy-headed at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
February 15, 2010
Beautifully shot, well acted, and completely unfocused to the point of, well, what was the point? ... don't be fooled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4.0
September 4, 2008
Often gripping at a straight thriller level, but increasingly weakened by its fuzzy psychology, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker doesn't bring anything new to the table of grunts-in-the-firing-line movies.
August 11, 2009
Don't believe the hype. This is a cliche-ridden mess which treats Iraqis like zombies or creatures from outer space. Peace activist Chris Hedges should have sued the director for allowing his words to serve as an epigraph for this sorry flick.
February 27, 2018
In spite of the lack of historical perspective, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker manages to be a completely engrossing war film.
February 26, 2018
Bigelow masterfully narrates the work of these professionals who face death every day, several times a day; and concentrates on the minimal and essential details of life on the front. [Full review in Spanish]
January 17, 2018
The Hurt Locker is without a doubt one of the best war pictures I have ever seen, and I have seen most of them.
March 1, 2018
One of the best films of 2009. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 1, 2018
...possibly one of the best war films, despite its low budget and its apparently limited significant range, centered on the role of the hero and the sense of heroism, in the context of the American occupation of Iraq. [Full review in Spanish]
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+
February 27, 2018
This may not represent the absolute reality of conflict in Iraq, but Bigelow has fashioned a gut-wrenching, gripping piece of suspense cinema that seeks to grab you by the neck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2018
Although more a film about the Iraq war, it's a film about any war, about the tensions and panics experienced by human beings in a warlike conflict. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2018
Based on the experiences of the journalist Mark Boal, who lived with a patrol similar to the one that's featured in The Hurt Locker, the film finds a perfect channel in its episodic structure... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2018
Satisfying from the first frame to the last, The Hurt Locker ranks among the most accomplished contemporary war films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 1, 2018
The Hurt Locker thus enters the select group of war films that address in a masterly way the eternal question "why should man fight for reasons he does not know?" [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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