Reviews

May 3, 2016
It's a thoughtful film, but also a visceral and affecting one, capturing the intensity of these raids and encounters.
Dec 7, 2015
Sicario is as brilliantly made as Prisoners, perhaps even more so.
Nov 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.
Oct 11, 2015
While Sicario may be guilty of exoticising the "murder capital" reputation of Juárez and its environs, it does so in a way that is horribly efficient, exploiting our anxieties and expectations with cruel precision.
Oct 9, 2015
Sicario may leave an unpleasant taste but it is a slick, accomplished thriller.
Oct 8, 2015
A visceral, in-the-moment ride-along more than a movie to chew over for any length of time.
Oct 8, 2015
It's admirable that the film's taking its subject seriously; it's just not enough.
Oct 8, 2015
The thrilling opening sequence of the drugs cartel movie Sicario is a humdinger -- and a stomach churner.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 1, 2015
Succeeds in evoking the anarchic violence of the drug wars raging on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Oct 1, 2015
Within this dark epic of American failure lives an effective but decidedly minor vigilante flick.
Oct 1, 2015
Sicario is at its best when its borderlines are fluid and indistinct.
Oct 1, 2015
Far from being just another crime story, "Sicario" is cinema at its most ambitious.
Sep 30, 2015
Sicario offers a subtle critique of all-American attitudes -- especially those to do with intervention in other countries.
Sep 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.
Sep 28, 2015
Sicario is a remarkable, thrilling, intermittently brilliant film-and yet nonetheless a mild disappointment.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.