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Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 23, 2013
Unsettling and unforgettable...challenges the justifications of war's ugly atrocities, without resorting to jingoistic platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
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
Marc Fennell
Triple J
April 8, 2013
A film of infectious urgency, questionable accuracy, murky morality and undeniable emotional and intellectual power
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
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
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
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...
Richard von Busack
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
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
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
Dave White
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
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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
Rob Gonsalves
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
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 23, 2013
An exhilarating and compelling historical document worthy of praise.
Tom Clift
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
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
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
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
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
Matt Neal
The Standard
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
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 9, 2013
The second half of the film IS the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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