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Zodiac Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2007
Obsession is the real subject here, and obsessing about anything briskly doesn't count. Yet the film also feels self-obsessed, an intriguing drama that slowly devolves into a bleak meditation on the absence of dramatics.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 5, 2007
As the Zodiac case fizzles out, the movie appears to contort itself.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 6, 2010
Ultimately the lack of tautness in the storytelling, seemingly stemming from a desire to be as faithful as possible to Graysmith's book, costs the film dearly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
March 1, 2007
A long movie with lots of suspects and details but no pay-off.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 1, 2007
The movie, directed by David Fincher, is not without value, if it's largely without drama.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 26, 2007
Zodiac certainly has its moments, but it's no masterpiece.
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
It is not its lack of resolution that makes Zodiac a poor film, it is its stupefying dull progression.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Staci Layne Wilson
March 1, 2007
When even David Fincher can't make a compelling, innovative Zodiac Killer film, it's time to hang up the old ciphers.
March 2, 2007
At over two-and-a-half hours of dead-ends and bedevilment, there isn't enough intrigue to justify the empirical extents Fincher is intent on mapping.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 5, 2007
The film's interest is in the tireless legwork of detective work, which is accurately portrayed, though which also is so tedious, the film can't help but follow suit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erik Childress
March 1, 2007
David Fincher's Zodiac begins by announcing itself as being based on actual case files. Then it spends the next two-and-a-half hours proving it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
March 3, 2007
Despite Fincher's gritty atmosphere of ominous dread, the characters are simplistic and sketchy, there's little fear and suspense and no satisfactory conclusion. Tedious!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 2, 2007
Without a persuasive ending, Zodiac is an exercise in frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 2, 2007
For all its dramatic flaws, Zodiac deserves praise for not choosing the easy route.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lexi Feinberg
March 1, 2007
Zodiac is a meandering, bland film that clocks in at nearly three hours and feels like at least eight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Medley
March 3, 2007
This movie just goes on and on and on, with a marked lack of dramatic tension. Two hours forty minutes, but if you blink you miss the guy they blame for the killings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
Missing the operatic sense of doom that helped characterize 1995's Seven, Zodiac's effort to avoid sensationalism conversely becomes disrespectfully unemotive.
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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 7, 2007
There's something to be said for a 158-minute movie that manages to hold your attention; still, it's just not the great accomplishment it's been painted as.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin A. Ranson
August 12, 2007
A psycho-killer detective story with a less-than-thrilling pace and length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/4.0
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 28, 2007
Mr. Fincher's flair for casting is the major asset of his curiously attenuated return to the serial-killer genre.
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