Apr 26, 2020
[Zero Dark Thirty] is one of the great cinematic procedurals ever made.
Oct 28, 2019
When it comes to establishing and maintaining tension, there wasn't a better American genre picture released this year. Refrain from viewing it as historical record and you won't leave disappointed.
Sep 7, 2017
... it is Chastain's performance, as restrained as it is powerful, that may just be the cherry atop this massive and meticulous film.
Sep 1, 2017
This doesn't zip along in the manner of typical Hollywood entertainment but it's memorable cinema with a finale that will stay with you long after viewing.
Jun 21, 2016
A great American film: complicated, nuanced, searching, piercing, difficult - and yet thrilling and satisfying all the same.
Apr 6, 2016
Zero Dark Thirty is a magnificent movie, if we ignore the moral ambiguities. But can we?
Jun 13, 2013
If you like World War II films, you'll enjoy this.
Feb 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 25, 2013
Terrifically good, propulsive film-making ...
Jan 24, 2013
We get all imaginable views of the witchy pentacle that is covert US military politics.
Jan 24, 2013
It haunts and lingers long after the lights go up.
Jan 24, 2013
It's an effective thriller - uninterested in anyone other than the home team.
Jan 24, 2013
In Kathryn Bigelow's masterful thriller, the manhunt for Osama bin Laden is the ultimate no-win scenario: a battle neither side can afford to lose with a prize that may not be worth the fight.
Jan 21, 2013
Gripping throughout, with an impressive central performance, this is like a Dogme 95 redo of a Chuck Norris film ...
Jan 15, 2013
This is an instant classic.
Jan 11, 2013
Chastain makes Maya as vivid as a bloodshot eye. Her porcelain skin, delicate features and feminine attire belie the steel within.
Jan 11, 2013
There is admirably little fat on its bones. No love interests, no backstories, no B-plot about Maya's childhood: Zero Dark Thirty is as ruthlessly, relentlessly single-minded as she is about the hunt for bin Laden.
Jan 11, 2013
No doubt Zero Dark Thirty serves a function by airing America's dirty laundry about detainee and torture programs, but in its wake, there's a crying need for a compassionate Coming Home to counter its brutal Deer Hunter.
Jan 11, 2013
While "Zero Dark Thirty" may offer political and moral arguing points aplenty, as well as vicarious thrills,as a film it's simply too much of a passable thing.