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Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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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
February 9, 2013
The second half of the film IS the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2013
What's striking is the absence of triumphalism -- Bigelow doesn't shy away from showing the victims shot down in cold blood in the compound -- and we come away with the overwhelming sense that this has been a grim, dark episode in our history.
February 4, 2013
Whereas Locker was less about war than what it is to have a death wish, ZDT is less about the suspenseful true-life search for Osama bin Laden than the red tape one woman must wade through to prove that a mean old bastard is living in suburban Pakistan.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 4, 2013
Bigelow's great achievement is stripping down the action from the exaggerated theatrics in movies and television shows so the missions feel no less exciting and immediate.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 2, 2013
One of the finest movies of the year is a thriller about the tracking and, finally, slaying of Osama bin Laden.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 2, 2013
There is no Team America-style, flag-waving bravado behind this story - it is quite the opposite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 1, 2013
Bigelow has created the best film of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 1, 2013
"Zero Dark Thirty" is less a celebration how terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was found and killed than an engrossing examination of why it took a decade to deal with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 1, 2013
One of the year's best
January 31, 2013
Following on from the great acclaim of The Hurt Locker, Bigalow's shaky cam and tough talking characters once again take us to the dark side of modern warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 31, 2013
In the absence of cinematic grandeur and didacticism, we're left as empty and as lost as Chastain's agent as she boards a symbolically empty plane for an uncertain future. Just what are we to think of the so-called War on Terror?
January 28, 2013
The viewer needs to stay sharp to stay on top of the details of the labyrinthine search, but Bigelow tackles the complex story with the same muscular urgency and incisive intelligence that won her an Oscar for The Hurt Locker.
January 28, 2013
Exhilarating cinema that makes you want to forget all the questionable issues of representation that have come before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 27, 2013
This is a fascinating film, and Chastain's wonderful performance has something in it of the tragic sense of life.
January 25, 2013
So overwhelming is the momentum that it proves possible to live with the intelligence that the protagonist is complicit in ground-level fascism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2013
Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama snakes its way to a riveting action finale
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2013
Terrifically good, propulsive film-making ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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