Zero Dark Thirty


Zero Dark Thirty

Critics Consensus

Gripping, suspenseful, and brilliantly crafted, Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the hunt for Osama bin Laden with intelligence and an eye for detail.



Total Count: 286


Audience Score

User Ratings: 196,949
User image

Zero Dark Thirty Photos

Movie Info

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man. -- (C) Official Site

Watch it now


Joel Edgerton
as Patrick - Squadron Team Leader
Edgar Ramirez
as Larry From Ground Branch
Kyle Chandler
as Joseph Bradley
Chris Pratt
as Justin - DEVGRU
James Gandolfini
as CIA Director
Frank Grillo
as Squadron Commanding Officer
Nash Edgerton
as Nate - DEVGRU EOD
Wahab Sheikh
as Detainee on Monitor
Alexander Karim
as Detainee on Monitor
Nabil Elouahabi
as Detainee on Monitor
Aymen Hamdouchi
as Detainee on Monitor
Simon Abkarian
as Detainee on Monitor
Ali Marhyar
as Interrogator on Monitor
Parker Sawyers
as Interrogator on Monitor
Akin Gazi
as Interrogator on Monitor
Derek Siow
as Interrogator on Monitor
Mohammad K.
as Cargo Ship Detainee
Henry Garrett
as Bagram Guard
Homayoun Ershadi
as Hassan Ghul
Darshan Aulakh
as Pakistani Detention Center Guard
Navdeep Singh
as Faraj Courier
Yoav Levi
as Abu Faraj Al-Libbi
Sukhdeep Singh
as Pakistani Guard at Marriott
Musa Sattari
as Humam Khalil Al-Balawi
David Menkin
as Case Officer
Julian Lewis Jones
as Blackwater Guard
Christian Contreras
as CIA Security
Zachary Becker
as Embassy Tech
Fredric Lehne
as The Wolf
Ashraf Telfah
as Kuwaiti Businessman
Jonathan Olley
as Tech from Ground Branch
Ben Lambert
as N.S.A. Tech
Manraaj Singh
as Rawal Caller
Tushaar Mehra
as Abu Ahmed
Daniel Lapaine
as Tim - Station Chief
Udayan Baijal
as Guard at Maya's Apartment
Stephen Dillane
as National Security Advisor
John Schwab
as Deputy National Security Advisor
Martin Delaney
as Assistant to National Security Advisor
Nabil Koni
as Pakistani Doctor
Antony Edridge
as General in Hangar
Jeff Mash
as Deputy Director of C.I.A.
Taylor Kinney
as Jared - DEVGRU
Callan Mulvey
as Saber - DEVGRU
Siaosi Fonua
as Henry - DEVGRU
Phil Somerville
as Phil - DEVGRU
Mike Colter
as Mike - DEVGRU
Brett Praed
as DEVGRU Operator
Aron Eastwood
as DEVGRU Operator
Heemi Browstow
as DEVGRU Operator
Chris Scarf
as DEVGRU Operator
Barrie Rice
as DEVGRU Operator
Rob Young
as DEVGRU Operator
Spencer Coursen
as DEVGRU Operator
Chris Perry
as DEVGRU Operator
Alex Corbet Burcher
as DEVGRU Operator
Robert Eastman
as DEVGRU Operator
Tim Martin
as DEVGRU Operator
Mitchell Hall
as DEVGRU Operator
as DEVGRU Operator
Christopher Stanley
as Admiral Bill McCraven
Hadeel Shqair
as Abu Ahmed's Wife
Nour Alkawaja
as Abrar's Wife
Malika Sayed
as UBL Wife
Rida Siham
as UBL Wife
Moula Mounia
as UBL Wife
Zalfa Seurat
as UBL Wife
Mark Valley
as C-130 Pilot
View All

News & Interviews for Zero Dark Thirty

Critic Reviews for Zero Dark Thirty

All Critics (286) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (262) | Rotten (24)

Audience Reviews for Zero Dark Thirty

  • Aug 06, 2017
    as much as i wanted to like it more there's not a great deal that can be heavily dramatised with this sort of material. it was worth making a film about this subject, i guess, but equally a documentary would've been just as welcome. it didnt come across pro-torture or against it so in that regard wasnt a propaganda piece unless like me you dont believe the guy is even dead and is instead swanning it somewhere living in a 5 star beach cabin paid for unknowingly by the american tax payer. the thing in itself though stands up well enough due to the meandering score and the atmosphere kathryn bigelow is so good at creating as well as jessica chastain's decent enough acting. however it's no hurt locker which really was a great film.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Zero Dark Thirty" uses drama to tell the story of the terrorism that has been happening to "Americans" for the last 10 years. The plot to "Zero Dark Thirty" is that a woman named "Maya" who works for the government and the military, has experienced the biggest terrorist attacks on "America" for the since 1998 to 2011. During her work for the government she has devoted her time to finding the psychotic man known as "Osama Bin Laden" and bringing down the his followers known as "Al Qaeda". The movie starts off with voices yelling on one of the flights of the "September 11 attacks". This is a dark way to allow the audience to know what the movie is about. Throughout the movie it shows "Maya's" character change as she goes from a shy and awkward girl to a strong and independent woman. There are some scenes in the movie that just are boring and make the movie drag on. The movie's climax is somewhat entertaining; it's filmed in the dark while occasionally showing the perspective of a soldier wearing night vision goggles. "Jessica Chastain" gives the audience a great performance as "Maya" along with "Chris Pratt", he give a splendid performance as well. "Alexandry Desplat" exceeds in composing sad and dramatic music, which fits in perfectly for every scene it is in. One of "Zero Dark Thirty's" biggest problems is the camera work; pretty much every scene in the movie the cameraman is holding the camera, for some scenes it can be found tolerable but others, it's just annoying and overused. If you are a person who enjoys historic dramas then I highly recommend you watch "Zero Dark Thirty" as it has splendid acting, an amazing plot and great music. Although the movie isn't perfect it has some issues these being a not very entertaining climax, some boring scenes and the handheld camera being used too often. I give 2012's "Zero Dark Thirty" a 7.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2015
    The only thing that put me off from watching this was the running time but eventually I got round to watching it even though I expected a boring documentary type film but it was about one of the most important days in recent history so I knew I would take something good away from watching it, It was very gripping from start to finish, It takes us through all the major events post 9/11, It was very well told it can be hard to keep up due to the fact that there was so many weird names being brought up, But when the main focus of the film kicks in it was brilliant, Very well shot and acted by all the cast, Very realistic and deserved all the praise it was given.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2014
    What defines this film is its controversial depiction of torture,but what it unearths is much more harrowing and heroic than terrifying. The story revolves around CIA agent Maya, who aims to finish a decades long manhunt for Osama bin Laden while stationed in Pakistan, starting in 2003. Critics are inarguably split on whether they believe the torture depicted in this film is shown as essential in the capture of wanted terrorists, or an accurate portrayal of torture tactics in all their inhumane glory. The characters in the film certainly feel that torturing detainees helps in the process, but it's left vague whether the filmmaker supports this tactic. The story is entertaining on its own merit, helped by the ferocious performance of Chastain, and the unraveling of the mystery right before our eyes. The intricacy of bin Laden's extraction at the hands of the Navy SEAL team was especially interesting to watch, and was supposedly very truthful in its depiction. There's an emotional component for anyone imbibed in post-9/11 dialogue, but there's also entertainment in the planning and investigation behind the scenes.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

Zero Dark Thirty Quotes

News & Features