Sicario Reviews

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November 10, 2015
Gorgeously made, with a set piece taking place in tunnels underneath the border that conveys chaos without ever looking incoherent and a throbbing Jóhann Jóhannsson score that's the sound of very bad things on the horizon.
October 8, 2015
A visceral, in-the-moment ride-along more than a movie to chew over for any length of time.
October 8, 2015
The thrilling opening sequence of the drugs cartel movie Sicario is a humdinger -- and a stomach churner.
October 2, 2015
An unforgettable motion picture that should be on the must-see list for anyone who appreciates films that deal in grays rather than blacks and whites.
October 2, 2015
By the end, it packs a death stare so potent it will make you want to turn a blind eye to the shadowy brutality of its real-world horrors.
October 1, 2015
Succeeds in evoking the anarchic violence of the drug wars raging on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
October 1, 2015
Within this dark epic of American failure lives an effective but decidedly minor vigilante flick.
October 1, 2015
Far from being just another crime story, "Sicario" is cinema at its most ambitious.
September 30, 2015
Sicario offers a subtle critique of all-American attitudes -- especially those to do with intervention in other countries.
September 30, 2015
This is not the first movie about the war being waged across the U.S.-Mexico border over the drug trade, but it's the first film in which the aura of constant menace and threat lingers and follows you home.
September 28, 2015
Sicario is a remarkable, thrilling, intermittently brilliant film-and yet nonetheless a mild disappointment.
September 25, 2015
Throughout, Villeneuve excels at approaching the carnage to come from a great, safe distance, and the message seems clear: here is a problem of vast scope and scale, being engaged by huge and complicated forces, and here are its intimate, bloody effects.
September 25, 2015
We can thank Villeneuve and rookie screenwriter Taylor Sheridan's tight script, but also Blunt, Brolin and Del Toro, each of whom has never been better.
September 24, 2015
Villeneuve has crafted a compelling, unflinching look at the deadly and complicated war on drugs, one that will challenge the attitudes of even the most straight-edged and law-abiding viewers.
September 24, 2015
Director Denis Villeneuve, aided and abetted by cinematographer Roger Deakins, fills Sicario with dread and a violence that happens to be stunning to look at.
September 24, 2015
Sicario paints the bleakest of portraits of a realistic situation, drawn from headlines about Mexican cartels that stack bodies with savage efficiency.
September 24, 2015
Villeneuve's movies occupy a spectrum between thought-provoking and mind-bending, and it's clear that he wants to guide Taylor Sheridan's script into similar territory.
September 24, 2015
The first hour of this latest film from French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is sleek, terrific pulp.
September 24, 2015
This is suspenseful stuff, but hanging over the action is the pungent smell of social failure, as the drug war turns both sides into monsters.
September 24, 2015
It has a screenplay of freshness and audacity that's brought to life by a director who understands its every psychological undercurrent. We might hope this kind of thing would happen all the time, but it's rare.
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