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Z Reviews

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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
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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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
Michael Szymanski
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 25, 2009
The cyclonic drive is all heat and outrage
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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.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
October 26, 2009
It's still an eye-catching, fast-paced watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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.
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.
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-
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.
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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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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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.
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