Zodiac

Critics Consensus

A quiet, dialogue-driven thriller that delivers with scene after scene of gut-wrenching anxiety. David Fincher also spends more time illustrating nuances of his characters and recreating the mood of the 70s than he does on gory details of murder.

89%

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77%

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User Ratings: 493,659
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Based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the intense manhunt he inspired, Zodiac is a superbly crafted thriller form the director of Se7en and Panic Room. Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Chloë Sevigny, Zodiac is a searing and singularly haunting examination of twin obsessions: one man's desire to kill and another's quest for the truth.

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Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal
as Robert Graysmith
Mark Ruffalo
as Insp. David Toschi
Anthony Edwards
as Insp. William Armstrong
Brian Cox
as Melvin Belli
John Carroll Lynch
as Arthur Leigh Allen
Richmond Arquette
as Zodiac No. 1 & 2
Bob Stephenson
as Zodiac No.3
John Lacy
as Zodiac No.4
Ed Setrakian
as Al Hyman
John Getz
as Templeton Peck
John Terry
as Charles Theiriot
Elias Koteas
as Sgt. Jack Mulanax
Candy Clark
as Carol Fisher
Tom Verica
as Jim Dunbar
Doan Ly
as Melvin Belli's Housekeeper
Joel Bissonnette
as Insp. Kracke
Zach Grenier
as Mel Nicolai
Clea DuVall
as Linda Ferrin
Paul Schulze
as Sandy Panzarella
Adam Trese
as Detective No.1
June Diane Raphael
as Mrs. Toschi
Thomas Kopache
as Copy Editor No.1
Donal Logue
as Ken Narlow
Ciara Hughes
as Darlene Ferrin
Patrick Scott Lewis
as Bryan Hartnell
Pell James
as Cecelia Shepherd
Philip Baker Hall
as Sherwood Morrill
John Mahoney
as Riverside Captain
Matt Winston
as John Allen
Jules Bruff
as Catherine Allen
John Ennis
as Terry Pascoe
J. Patrick McCormack
as Police Commissioner
Adam Goldberg
as Duffy Jennings
James Le Gros
as Off. George Bawart
Penny Wallace
as Mulanax's Secretary
Michel Francoeur
as Man on Marquee
Dermot Mulroney
as Capt. Marty Lee
Lee Norris
as Young Mike Mageau
Charles Schneider
as Cabbie Paul Stine
Jason Wiles
as Lab Tech Dagitz
Jimmi Simpson
as Older Mike Mageau
Barry Livingston
as Copy Editor No.3
Christopher John Fields
as Copy Editor No.4
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Critic Reviews for Zodiac

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (59)

  • There are no tidy, last-minute plot twists to make you feel good in Fincher's Zodiac, just focus -- to keep an audience focused -- and the most disciplined filmmaking you've seen in forever.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
    Top Critic
  • [W]here Se7en, with its stygian gloom and theatrical executions, inflated the serial killer genre to gothic proportions, Zodiac lets the air back out. It is methodical rather than macabre, clinical rather than cruel.

    Sep 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Fincher, more subdued ... and aching for a return to smart suspense films from the likes of Sidney Lumet and Alan J. Pakula, pulls us by the collar into the frame and cranks the sense of menace taut without cheap tricks or cop-out gimmicks.

    Jan 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • Gyllenhaal always manages to present a person of some sensitivity without leaning on actorish resources.

    Oct 18, 2007
  • I think this is a great film.

    Oct 15, 2007
  • Fincher's most mature work to date will earn respect over time.

    Jun 2, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Zodiac

  • May 29, 2016
    David Fincher crafts another well-made serial killer thriller, but instead of the typical thrills associated with these films, we get a very talkative but engrossing mystery. Of course, the film is based on a true story. A case when the killer was never truly caught. This means that the ending is rather anti-climactic as it should probably be. The film doesn't make for the most satisfying film, unlike Fincher's other serial killer Seven. The cast is fantastic,except for a rather unfortunate lack of female characters, with Chloe Sevigny sleep walking through a poorly written part. Zodiac isn't Fincher's best film but it is mature, and solid filmmaking. Rating: 72
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    A very creepy film and historically accurate. Zodiac is another example of how to do a thriller right featuring great performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and more. As well as having lush cinematography, great acting and a well written script. Some scenes I will admit were kind of questionable, but any flaw is easily overlooked. You get very invested in the situation and makes you want to research the real life events, that's how well directed this movie is! If you haven't seen Zodiac yet, please do so! Good job Fincher!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2014
    It was brilliant in the sense that it will keep you on the edge of your seat with mainly just smart and sharp dialogues. That is the magic of having a good cast, fine writing, and skillful directing.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2014
    Fincher is probably one of my favorite directors in Hollywood, and it is movies like Zodiac that solidify him as such. The characters in this movie are ridiculously well developed. For a dialogue heavy thriller, Zodiac is every bit as entertaining as an action movie- and it is twice as engrossing. The movie is ultimately a tale about obsession. It chronicles one man's exhausting search for truth, even as his obsession begins to get the better of other parts of his life. The protagonists in this movie are sucked into the intrigue and mystery surrounding the Zodiac Killer, and Fincher captures this intensity and desperation perfectly. At times frightening, at times frustrating, Zodiac is the best police procedural I have ever seen. Gyllenhaal and Ruffalo deliver the script perfectly and manically. And in their borderline hysteria, the viewer is effectively and equally entranced as the characters.
    Nikhil N Super Reviewer

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