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Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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April 27, 2013
...a somber, black-winged benediction for what we might count as a lost decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
April 23, 2013
Unsettling and unforgettable...challenges the justifications of war's ugly atrocities, without resorting to jingoistic platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 14, 2013
a brilliant high tech treatment of the subject and the classified nature of the disclosures
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 8, 2013
A film of infectious urgency, questionable accuracy, murky morality and undeniable emotional and intellectual power
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2013
Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is a grueling masterpiece that captures the hunt for bin Laden with a daunting amount of realism and efficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 23, 2013
The direction by Kathryn Bigelow, who won Oscars for Best Film and Best Director in her previous film "The Hurt Locker," is fierce and focused...
March 19, 2013
Indulges Cheneyian fantasies complete with the bad-movie scene of the prisoner's defiance: "You're just a garbage man in the corporation," shouts the Arab who needs a lesson in manners from the Ph.D. (in torture?) who is racking him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2013
Bigelow tells the story very well, very efficiently, but doesn't really say much about it, which is ironic given the response to the film in some quarters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2013
Kathryn Bigelow takes the procedural model and brushes away every unnecessary detail, leaving behind a heavy, blunt object of a film that is also hugely watchable, engrossing and, best of all... highly suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 14, 2013
Rotten Tomatoes notes that I agree with Tomatometer critics 80 percent of the time, but this is one of those times I have to part ways with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 13, 2013
Bigelow has directed excellent movies before, but this deserves to be remembered as the film that established her as a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2013
You can't deny that what Zero Dark Thirty sets out to do, it does excellently.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 23, 2013
An exhilarating and compelling historical document worthy of praise.
February 19, 2013
Bigelow's latest proves a rewarding piece of filmmaking, one that, in its best moments at least, is as gripping and as troubling as anything the director's ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2013
Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal shape history -- those breaks, big and small, that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden -- into one of the finest fact-based thrillers since "All the President's Men."
Full Review | Original Score: *****
February 15, 2013
A ripping revenge yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 13, 2013
Purely as cinematic exercise, Zero Dark Thirty is an exhilarating piece of work. But, beyond its for-the-times subject matter, the work does not linger whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty is interesting as opposed to enjoyable, intriguing as opposed to entertaining, and certainly less memorable than The Hurt Locker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2013
It's quite remarkable how Bigelow and Boal managed to take 12 years of information (including a conclusion that everyone knows) and packaged it into a coherent, intimate and intense movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 9, 2013
We know the ending, yet remain mesmerized by familiar details, filmed with a harrowing sense of urgency. It's as close to being in the White House situation room that night, watching a closed-circuit broadcast, as anyone could expect.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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