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Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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September 11, 2017
... even good stories don't tell themselves, especially not if they aim to be great.
September 7, 2017
... it is Chastain's performance, as restrained as it is powerful, that may just be the cherry atop this massive and meticulous film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 1, 2017
This doesn't zip along in the manner of typical Hollywood entertainment but it's memorable cinema with a finale that will stay with you long after viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 13, 2017
As Maya, she (Chastain) pulls off the tricky feat of making us follow, and connect to, a smart, driven woman who's neither particularly likable or unlikable -- her whole being is inseparable from her job.
July 14, 2016
Chastain dominates the screen, her character evolving from nervous but willing to domineering and demanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2016
A great American film: complicated, nuanced, searching, piercing, difficult - and yet thrilling and satisfying all the same.
May 10, 2016
There's hardly a dull moment in Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar hopeful... is a skin-tight, effective procedural with a maddening focus on the CIA's decade-long manhunt of the elusive bin Laden.
April 17, 2016
Minimalism is a valid creative choice, but in this case, it renders an extraordinary story very ordinary. And the real-life heroes, flaws and all, were anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 13, 2016
As polished as a gun barrel, and about as complicated.
April 6, 2016
As grueling as parts of it are, though, you may not love it. You may not even like it. But, regardless of your politics, you're all but guaranteed to appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 6, 2016
Bigelow pulls us into the twilight world of terrorism, betrayal and the sudden shock of violence and it's a tribute to her art that we're on the edge of our seats even though we know how it all turns out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2016
Zero Dark Thirty is a magnificent movie, if we ignore the moral ambiguities. But can we?
April 6, 2016
The movie stays clear of jingoistic grandstanding or chest-beating. But the people who've made it have every reason to crow; this is by a mile one of the very best movies of the year.
April 6, 2016
It's one of the hammiest films I've seen in recent memory, full of those big phony "moments" when the whole room stops so someone can say his or her big line and get a big contrived reaction.
February 29, 2016
...a rather disappointing misfire from an otherwise above-average filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 28, 2015
Hell of a thing to be on the edge of your seat when everybody in the world already knows the ending.
September 8, 2013
The film, much like it's heroine played by Jessica Chastain (The Help), is steely-resolved with eyes only for the task at hand.
July 13, 2013
Even without getting a Hollywood makeover, the story has inherent drama, suspense, and thrills, which Bigelow lets arise naturally.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 23, 2013
A historical timeline, a pulsating thriller, a moving character study and a true-life violent revenge story, all in one, told in a sweating, oppressive, strangling fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 13, 2013
If you like World War II films, you'll enjoy this.
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