The Hurt Locker Reviews

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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.
February 25, 2015
There is much that is fiercely modest about its ambitions. And, for a war film, it is often disconcertingly quiet.
February 25, 2015
It's a film about why some soldiers love war, a theme that's rare in war films made by men.
November 24, 2011
Director Kathryn Bigelow, doing her run-'n'-gun best, doesn't mine traditional suspense so much as impart a queasy feeling of monotony.
February 17, 2010
Succeeds where so many others have failed, by crafting a compelling Iraq war film.
August 29, 2009
Bigelow's film combines an expert management of tension with a sensitive and journalistic attention to detail: she has one eye on the truth and the other on the multiplex.
August 29, 2009
For, in short, in its gutsy, bare-bones beauty, The Hurt Locker is not simply a war movie. It is war poetry.
August 29, 2009
A blazingly powerful action movie... whose unpretentious clarity makes for a refreshing change.
August 29, 2009
A super-sharp, nerve-shredding thriller that reveals more about the realities of contemporary military conflict than most documentaries.
August 29, 2009
The action itself is episodic, with every ounce of tension eked from some stunning set pieces where lingering shots accentuate the bleak cinematography and stripped down sound design to draw the maximum heat and hopelessness of this hell on earth.
August 29, 2009
The film sweats out its truth from its central character.
August 29, 2009
There will be other challengers in time, but so far The Hurt Locker is easily the best film to come out of the Iraq war.
August 29, 2009
Bigelow crowns several decades of excellent artistic enquiry with a film that everybody should see.
July 30, 2009
One of the best movies of the year, with a star-making performance from Jeremy Renner.
July 24, 2009
Like every war before it, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has generated its share of movies. But The Hurt Locker is the first of them that can properly be called a masterpiece.
July 24, 2009
The question isn't how do you live with the buzz of looming death; it's how do you live without it? No answers are offered, or even suggested.
July 24, 2009
Like her protagonist, Bigelow is both a meticulous technician and a ballsy showoff. And, like him, she has ice water in her veins.
July 23, 2009
The Hurt Locker is at once an unforgettable war film and a brilliant character study.
July 22, 2009
This beyond-the-headlines war movie, a 'ticking clock' thriller from journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal, is the first Iraq War movie to qualify as more first-rate entertainment than sermon.
July 15, 2009
Bigelow's direction is confident -- the action sequences are tense and suspenseful, so much so that The Hurt Locker also works as a straight-up war film.
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