Zodiac Reviews

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October 18, 2008
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.
September 18, 2008
[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.
January 8, 2008
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.
October 18, 2007
Gyllenhaal always manages to present a person of some sensitivity without leaning on actorish resources.
October 15, 2007
I think this is a great film.
July 26, 2007
August 6, 2019
The first half of the movie plays like a police procedural... It's a thrilling whirlwind of facts and dead ends and terrifying attacks that increasingly adds to the sense of helplessness with the case.
June 6, 2019
A disturbing, meticulous, brilliantly written and darkly evocative re-creation of a time and a place that captures every feeling and nuance of an entire era.
May 14, 2019
If Fincher wasn't so adamant that his film was a totally factual representation of the case, Zodiac would be a far better piece of fictionalised history.
January 25, 2019
Downey Jr is perfect as the alcoholic wastrel of a crime reporter Paul Averi, as is Mark Raffalo as the dependable cop David.
December 2, 2018
An ironic commentary on the complexity and inherent difficulties of old-fashioned, paper-heavy, analogue detective work.
November 3, 2018
It's Fincher's attention to detail that makes Zodiac so remarkable and his most mature, rather than his most entertaining, work.
July 11, 2018
It's a movie for masochists, and for the most part enthralling.
July 1, 2017
The low-key thriller is as much a study in obsession and detail as it is a murder mystery, and Fincher is appropriately obsessive in his attention to detail...
March 31, 2017
The crowning achievement of its director's career, a masterwork stubbornly faithful to its source material even while transcending it.
December 8, 2015
[It's] a story about the elusive nature of evil in a world that thinks information ... will eventually solve our problems.
June 19, 2015
Among a plethora of skillful thrillers about repeat offenders in the realm of mass murder, David Fincher's wonderful film has easily become the benchmark of the modern era.
November 16, 2012
Beautifully poised, slow and sinister: a trance of expectant menace in which Fincher holds his audience until the movie's finale.
December 23, 2010
A complex crime drama that limits its action, opting to save it for the times that bring the greatest impact.
December 15, 2010
So insistent, and successful, is David Fincher at duplicating real-life hypervigilance that you may try writing a "k" in two, not three, strokes to see the difference - damning and admiring how this indisputable masterpiece drags you down the rabbit hole.
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