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Zodiac Reviews

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.
May 17, 2007
Several bravura suspense sequences - can't help but recall slasher convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
March 12, 2007
Any honest neurotic could probably tell you: the emotional payoff of an obsession is not attaining some longed-for goal -- it's the obsession itself, which fulfills certain needs.
March 5, 2007
Zodiac is long -- over two and a half hours -- but when it's over, you almost wish it had gone on for another 20 minutes.
March 3, 2007
Low-key but all the more compelling for it, Zodiac is the first must-see movie of 2007.
March 3, 2007
Zodiac is the rare serial-killer movie in which the psychosis stems as much from the pursuers (and the filmmaker) as the pursued.
Read More | Original Score: A
March 3, 2007
A modern American masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/6
March 3, 2007
Zodiac, the latest film from director David Fincher, is among his best
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 2, 2007
It makes you want to study it even more closely, in search of things you might have missed, trailing after leads that flash by in the relentless momentum of going nowhere fast. If you're not careful, it might make you obsessed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 2, 2007
David Fincher's grim but mesmerizing Zodiac offers the puzzle-solving addictiveness of a detective story, the shivers of a thriller and the allure of a character study, all presented with a dash of newspaper drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 2, 2007
For all its dramatic flaws, Zodiac deserves praise for not choosing the easy route.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2007
For a director whose earlier films include the influential Seven and cult-fave Fight Club, the results are merely good -- not great.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2007
Without a persuasive ending, Zodiac is an exercise in frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 2, 2007
Fincher and screenwriter James Vanderbilt, who spent more than a year researching the script, have made one of the most detailed, factually scrupulous crime dramas to ever come out of a Hollywood studio.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2007
The most perverse thing about Zodiac isn't that its Hollywood's umpteenth serial-killer flick, when such crimes are rare in reality. It's that Zodiac, though based on actual crimes, is one of the dullest of these films to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2007
The most provocative aspect of this compulsive riddle is how it resists closure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2007
The Zodiac killer was never found. Dealing with a murder mystery that's still unsolved gives Fincher shaky enough ground for drama. Add in a protagonist who seems driven by a vacuum, and you pretty much have a movie about nothing going nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 2, 2007
Zodiac is not only smart and calculated -- it's in it for the long haul.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2007
Fincher has told a sprawling story about crime and fear and those whose lives are transformed by both.
Read More | Original Score: B+
March 2, 2007
Have no doubts, director David Fincher makes movies that rattle. Even when they're not wholly successful.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 2, 2007
What makes Zodiac authentic is the way it avoids chases, shootouts, grandstanding and false climaxes, and just follows the methodical progress of police work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 2, 2007
A long work of completely sustained suspense and dark humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2007
David Fincher's magnificently obsessive new film Zodiac is part police procedural, part monster movie, a funereal entertainment that is a testament to this cinematic savant's gifts.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 1, 2007
Overlong and lacking dramatic focus, the film nevertheless captures the dark allure that the unsolved crimes had on the region over a 22-year period.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 1, 2007
Zodiac is all about Fincher's personal enthusiasms and obsessions. It takes a mighty big ego to steal the show from a serial killer. Apparently, Fincher's just the guy for the job.
March 1, 2007
David Fincher's sprawling, lavishly produced Zodiac is, in my estimation, more than a good movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
March 1, 2007
You'll feel a chill in the theater, and in your blood.
March 1, 2007
With its unhurried pace and cerebrally engaging plot, Zodiac is an unusually haunting and compelling horror film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2007
Zodiac is fascinating and engrossing and realistic and every bit as unsatisfying as real life and real police work often are.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 1, 2007
A film that is both emotionally and intellectually unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 1, 2007
The doggedness of the pursuit, the painstaking accumulation of clues, has its own inherent drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 1, 2007
Fincher leads us down little dark alleys and side streets, and we're never quite sure who might jump out to be the killer. After three decades, details of the case have faded from public consciousness, so the movie is surprising at times.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 1, 2007
It's fascinating and unexpected both in its simple, looming images and its storytelling priorities, which may not intersect with the priorities of audiences who couldn't get enough of Se7en.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2007
The movie, directed by David Fincher, is not without value, if it's largely without drama.
March 1, 2007
The movie provides a crackling chase narrative that should please fans of the dozen or so police procedurals already on TV, but it can't deliver what it doesn't have.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 1, 2007
Zodiac runs long, about 21/2 hours, but it also runs fast, at a heart-pounding pace over four major characters and 22 years. There's not an ounce of fat on any sequence or performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2007
Overall, the movie's a sprawling mess. But its twitchier particulars dare you to hold them up for further, if cautious, scrutiny.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 1, 2007
Fincher does keep this bubbling along, ably assisted by a cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chloe Sevigny, Elias Koteas, and Philip Baker Hall.
March 1, 2007
Staying true to its real-life scenario, the film gets mired in the inevitable red tape of police investigations, [and it] switches focus enough times to make you think it's three movies instead of one.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 1, 2007
Make no mistake, you will be hooked and creeped out big time.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2007
Patient viewers will be rewarded; others may wish for something with less subtlety and more verve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2007
Mr. Fincher's flair for casting is the major asset of his curiously attenuated return to the serial-killer genre.
February 28, 2007
[A] stark, terrifying and magnificently directed and researched crime thriller.
February 28, 2007
Zodiac leaves us haunted by the knowledge that he's looking for something that can't be found: a way to make the monsters go away.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 27, 2007
At nearly three hours, and without a single hobbit in the cast, Zodiac is the sort of vast, richly involving pop epic that Hollywood largely seems incapable of making anymore.
February 27, 2007
This relentlessly swift film super-charges every minute with a maximum of minutiae. Dizzyingly dense, intricate in the extreme, Zodiac is the most information-packed procedural since JFK.
February 26, 2007
The movie holds you in its grip from start to finish.
February 26, 2007
Zodiac certainly has its moments, but it's no masterpiece.
February 26, 2007
I don't think Fincher can relate much to moral outrage. What occupies him is how to send you home antsy, unsure of what you've seen but sure it was worse than you think. He gives you the existential willies.
February 23, 2007
Conveying an astonishing array of information across a long narrative arc while still maintaining dramatic rhythm and tension, this adaptation of Robert Graysmith's bestseller reps by far director David Fincher's most mature and accomplished work.
February 23, 2007
The stars align in David Fincher's chillingly effective hybrid thriller.