Zodiac

2007, Crime/Mystery & thriller, 2h 37m

259 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls.

Cast & Crew

Jake Gyllenhaal
Robert Graysmith
Mark Ruffalo
Dave Toschi
Anthony Edwards
Bill Armstrong
Brian Cox
Melvin Belli
Elias Koteas
Jack Mulanax
Donal Logue
Ken Narlow
John Carroll Lynch
Arthur Leigh Allen
Clea Duvall
Linda Ferrin
Ione Skye
Kathleen John
Tom Verica
Jim Dunbar
Jim McNichols
Bill Hamlet
Pell James
Cecelia Shepard
Adam Goldberg
Duffy Jennings
John Getz
Templeton Peck
Zach Grenier
Mel Nicolai
Louis Phillips
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Harris Savides
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Angus Wall
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David Shire
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Donald Graham Burt
Production Design
Victor J. Zolfo
Set Decoration
Casey Storm
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Critic Reviews for Zodiac

All Critics (259) | Top Critics (69) | Fresh (231) | Rotten (28)

  • Downey Jr is perfect as the alcoholic wastrel of a crime reporter Paul Averi, as is Mark Raffalo as the dependable cop David.

    January 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    September 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.

    January 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • David Fincher's sixth feature potently blends the dynamics of the newsroom drama with those of the police procedural.

    October 18, 2007
  • Gyllenhaal always manages to present a person of some sensitivity without leaning on actorish resources.

    October 18, 2007
  • Downey Jr is perfect as the alcoholic wastrel of a crime reporter Paul Averi, as is Mark Raffalo as the dependable cop David.

    January 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    September 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.

    January 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Here and there bits bob to the surface, and we and the characters think we may have figured something out, only to have the sheer immensity of detail leave the entire thing ultimately unknowable

    July 2, 2021 | Full Review…
  • A chiller, more fatalistic...

    June 5, 2021 | Full Review…

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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