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Z Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2013
It is a great film for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can be enjoyed as a political thriller as well as a political statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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January 15, 2010
It's hard to overstate the impact that this Oscar-winning procedural thriller had in 1969, on a world roiling in political activism, repression, and discord.
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
December 8, 2009
Required viewing for any lover of political thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
December 6, 2009
... thrilling, compelling, run through with vivid supporting characters and narrative twists and turns that have the dramatic punch of fiction even when based on real events.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
December 3, 2009
Four decades later, this glimpse into the machinations of political violence, intolerance, willful ignorance, and systemic oppression has lost none of its urgent relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 28, 2009
a relentlessly fast-paced political expose that has not a single wasted second
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
October 26, 2009
It's still an eye-catching, fast-paced watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 25, 2009
The cyclonic drive is all heat and outrage
Marc Mohan
August 28, 2009
Its mere existence is testimony to the fact that no matter how hard those in power struggle to conceal their misdeeds, truth will eventually win out.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 10, 2009
Z, whose title is a stand-in for the Greek word zei ('he lives'), takes us back to where that fascination all began for Costa-Gavras and shows us that, for the rest of us, it hasn't ever really ended.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 23, 2009
In its slick cinematic urgency and its outrage, Z still has the power to shake you up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
March 13, 2009
Z combines the intellectual heft of revolution-themed films like The Battle of Algiers with the drop-dead cool of mod touchstones like Blow Out or Le Samouraļ.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 13, 2009
Mikis Theodorakis provides a stirring musical score of traditional Greek music.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Armond White
New York Press
March 11, 2009
Years later, Costa-Gavras' shrewd contrivance and superb form hold up impressively.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 11, 2009
Fascism has been driven underground, but a dose of Costa-Gavra's electrifyingly brutal 1969 political thriller Z will rattle you all the same.
Emanuel Levy
March 11, 2009
Forty years later, Z remains one of the most thrilling and urgent political thrillers ever made, a model for socially-conscious melodramas (and Costa-Gavras best picture).
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
March 10, 2009
The military junta that ensued in Greece gave the film a sense of urgency approved by Cannes and Oscar alike.
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James Berardinelli
February 20, 2008
This movie is for those who prefer for there to be meat on a screenplay's skeleton and who don't demand far-fetched conspiracy theories that play fast and loose with the facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide
February 20, 2008
A chilling, manipulative rollercoaster ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
February 20, 2008
A punchy political pic [from the novel by Vassilis Vassilikos] that mixes action, violence, and conspiracy on a robust, lavish scale.
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