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Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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
Tim Martain
The Mercury
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 1, 2013
Bigelow has created the best film of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
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
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
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?
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 27, 2013
This is a fascinating film, and Chastain's wonderful performance has something in it of the tragic sense of life.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
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
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
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
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
January 25, 2013
Terrifically good, propulsive film-making ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
January 24, 2013
Remarkable and engaging piece of filmmaking considering the outcome of the story is well known. A sign of the times we live in and the processes put in place to wrangle the people that choose to live outside the realm of civility
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
January 24, 2013
Not what you'd call crowd-pleasing, this is fascinating - if occasionally harrowing - in its realistic depiction of the intricacies of CIA operations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 24, 2013
Against all the odds, Kathryn Bigelow's powerful story of the hunt is a taut and searing action thriller that keeps you gripped.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
January 24, 2013
A silly, at times despicable film that never remotely deserved an Oscar nomination. Compared with this, Team America: World Police was a think piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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