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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.
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 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
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+
January 13, 2014
If you have a chance to see it, you shouldn't hesitate to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 13, 2014
The Hurt Locker is horrifying. It's hopeless. I want to go see it again.
June 22, 2013
This is an outstanding war film because it's aware that it's a film, not a polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 24, 2012
I wasn't exactly blown away by it (no pun intended here at all), but it remains an engaging film. There's certainly a great story to be told in here somewhere, it's just not the great film I've been hearing about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2009
The first great film about the war in Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2010
There is something original and distinctive about the film's willingness to admit that for some men (and many moviegoers) war carries an intrinsic dramatic charge.
October 29, 2010
The suspense may just kill you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2010
Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is one of the most thrilling action films I've seen in the past few years. It features set piece after pulse-quickening set piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 15, 2010
Equal parts bravado-fueled action and pointed political statement. The best film yet made about the Iraq War, and the best American film about war since Platoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.6/10
February 25, 2015
The Hurt Locker has been surrounded by Oscar hype since the film was released overseas months ago, and with good reason: it is masterpiece of suspense.
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