The Hurt Locker Reviews

  • An intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout that 
 simultaneously conveys the feeling of combat from within as well as what it looks like on the ground.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • If The Hurt Locker is not the best action movie of the summer, I'll blow up my car.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A blazingly powerful action movie... whose unpretentious clarity makes for a refreshing change.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Finally, Hollywood has made a great film about the Iraq War.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The Hurt Locker is about Iraq in the same way that Paths of Glory was about World War I or Full Metal Jacket was about Vietnam -- which is to say, utterly and not at all. The Hurt Locker is a great movie, period.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow have made a unique film about war.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Instead of setting out to prove a point, it seeks to immerse us in an environment -- something Bigelow does with a conceptual rigor usually associated with those directors whose work is confined to film societies and art houses.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • A movie that deserves to stand as one of the defining films of the decade.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • A first-rate action thriller, a vivid evocation of urban warfare in Iraq, a penetrating study of heroism and a showcase for austere technique, terse writing and a trio of brilliant performances.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The miserably visceral exists here not as exploitation but out of the demands of authenticity.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ... a super-smart actioner about men in war that's arguably the best American film of the year.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • The Hurt Locker might be the first Iraq-set film to break through to a mass audience because it doesn't lead with the paralysis of the guilt-ridden Yank. The horror is there, but under the rush.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The Hurt Locker is a small classic of tension, bravery, and fear, which will be studied twenty years from now when people want to understand something of what happened to American soldiers in Iraq.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The Hurt Locker is a spellbinding war film by Kathryn Bigelow, a master of stories about men and women who choose to be in physical danger.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • [Kathryn] Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal...have made the first fictional feature about American soldiers in Iraq that doesn't fall apart, or preach to a choir, or turn into a position paper.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • It's the best war movie since Full Metal Jacket.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Like all the best war movies -- no matter what war, what era -- The Hurt Locker goes to the core of human nature.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Psychologically acute and thrillingly dramatic, The Hurt Locker blows every other Iraq war movie off the screen.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The question isn't how do you live with the buzz of looming death; it's how do you live without it? No answers are offered, or even suggested.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Bigelow's direction is confident -- the action sequences are tense and suspenseful, so much so that The Hurt Locker also works as a straight-up war film.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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