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Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
Chastain dominates the screen, her character evolving from nervous but willing to domineering and demanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Bailey
June 21, 2016
A great American film: complicated, nuanced, searching, piercing, difficult - and yet thrilling and satisfying all the same.
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
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.
J. Olson
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
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 13, 2016
As polished as a gun barrel, and about as complicated.
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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
Jay Stone
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
John Anderson
America Magazine
April 6, 2016
Zero Dark Thirty is a magnificent movie, if we ignore the moral ambiguities. But can we?
Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online
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.
Eileen Jones
Not Safe For Work Corporation
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 29, 2016
...a rather disappointing misfire from an otherwise above-average filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Hell of a thing to be on the edge of your seat when everybody in the world already knows the ending.
Glenn Dunks
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.
Eric D. Snider
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+
Will Leitch
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
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
If you like World War II films, you'll enjoy this.
Elias Savada
Film Threat
June 6, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty is truly one of the best films of 2012. In my list, it is the best...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 28, 2013
"Zero Dark Thirty" shows guts in taking on loaded subject matter and filmmaking confidence and skill in not telling us how we should feel about it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
It provides a much needed catharsis for what was done to nearly 3,000 innocent Americans at the behest of a mass-murdering religious zealot.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013
...a somber, black-winged benediction for what we might count as a lost decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
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