The Hurt Locker Reviews

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Jessica Baxter
Film Threat
June 30, 2009
The script just isn't as serious as the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 23, 2009
Bigelow displays a fine Hitchcockian skill set, but her politics are muddy-headed at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
Kevin A. Ranson
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
Top Critic
Derek Elley
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.
Louis Proyect
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.
Melissa Starker
Columbus Alive
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
Craig D. Lindsey
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Beggs
Film School Rejects
January 13, 2014
If you have a chance to see it, you shouldn't hesitate to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
January 13, 2014
The Hurt Locker is horrifying. It's hopeless. I want to go see it again.
Will Leitch
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-
Jeff Beck
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
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 26, 2009
The first great film about the war in Iraq.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Guy Westwell
Sight and Sound
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
Simon Miraudo
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
Melissa Wellham
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.
Rebecca Barry
April 8, 2010
Combines white- knuckle tension, sizzling dialogue and poignant insight into the lives of the bravest guys in Baghdad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 24, 2010
The Hurt Locker is a frequently gripping film that contains some terrifically detailed sequences; not only depicting the process of defusing bombs but also depicting just how complex the act of targeting and firing a gun can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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