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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The recreation of the murder and the subsequent investigation uses the techniques of an American thriller to gripping effect, though conspiracies are so commonplace nowadays that it's hard to imagine the impact it made at the time.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
It's a film that bluntly and stylistically depicts the impotence of truth as a weapon against authoritarian injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is a film of our time. It is about how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you weep and will make you angry. It will tear your guts out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Costa Gavras political thriller still has bite
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
As fresh and cogent today as it was then -- or perhaps it's simply that real life has made it once again relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
Superbly acted, gripping entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 4, 2002
One of the most riveting political films ever made with its vivid depiction of the corrupt and corrosive lust for power.
Christopher Null
July 3, 2002
The Frenchies smoke, drink, and mumble their way through the whole affair. There's no "intrigue," no matter what the critics say.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 27, 2001
Costa-Garvas organizes the material brilliantly to maintain interest, gradually revealing new layers of intrigue as the plot unwinds Rashoman-like style
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The usual excuse for films like this is that the crude melodrama helps communicate important political ideas and historical information, but Z doesn't communicate anything.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5

February 26, 1969
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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