“Best Picture #82”
“#2: " You Realize Every Time You Suit Up, Every Time We Go Out, It's Life Or Death. You Roll The Dice, And You Deal With It. You Recognize That Don't You? "”
“It's A Suicide Mission........That's Why It's Called A Suicide Bomb!”
“A Great Thoughtful & Suspenseful Film.”
“Here's The Iraq War Movie For Those Who Don't Like Iraq War Movies.”
“Definitely Deserved Best Picture”
“Not Outstanding But Intense.”
“Outstanding Must See”
“Sorry, I Just Want That Guy Blow Up Fast And The Movie Finnishes”
“"Shall We Give This Best Film/Director, The Answer Is NO!”
“Thick With Tension And Saturated With Suspense, The Hurt Locker Is A Poignant Portrayal Of Modern War.”
“Kathryn Bigelow, You Are A Genius”
“Raw, Realistic, Nitty-gritty, And Nail Biting Suspense From Start To Finish.”
“Short Review Based On Rankings”
“Simply Put, This Is The Best War Film Since Black Hawk Down”
“Quite Possibly The Best Movie Of The Year!”
“I've Been To War. I've Raised Twins. If I Had A Choice, I'd Rather Go To War. - George W. Bush”
“If I'm Gonna Die, I Wanna Die Comfortable”
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
Often gripping at a straight thriller level, but increasingly weakened by its fuzzy psychology, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker doesn't bring anything new to the table of grunts-in-the-firing-line movies.
Derek Elley - Variety
Despite its pumped-up admiration for our troops and some scenes that spurt adrenaline like a fire hose, this sort-of-thriller about a bomb squad working in 2004 is stretched both timewise and for plausibility.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
This beyond-the-headlines war movie, a 'ticking clock' thriller from journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal, is the first Iraq War movie to qualify as more first-rate entertainment than sermon.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Just when you thought the battle of Iraq war dramas had been fought and lost, along comes one that demands to be seen -- if you can handle the raging adrenaline.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Bigelow and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd crank up the tension to nail-biting, gut-churning extremes and the mayhem is powerfully visceral.
James Adams - Globe and Mail
In the end, Bigelow's point of view is what's most interesting about The Hurt Locker. The picture's strength lies in the details she focuses on.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
By keeping its scale miniature instead of epic (there are no combat scenes in the traditional sense), The Hurt Locker keeps its audience in a constant state of tension without risking battle fatigue.
Dana Stevens - Slate
More than any recent movie, this has a 'you are there' feel to it that gives us a flavor of an Iraq we don't see on the nightly newscasts.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Tensely action-packed and muscularly directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this tale of an elite U.S. army bomb disposal unit in Baghdad is a familiar story in new clothes, targeted at the young male demographic.
Deborah Young - Hollywood Reporter
Its insights and reach extend far beyond what's happened there over the past several years.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The Hurt Locker is a near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
One of the best movies of the year, with a star-making performance from Jeremy Renner.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Overwhelmingly tense, overflowing with crackling verisimilitude, it's both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's been long expected from director Kathryn Bigelow.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
When the picture isn't ramping up your heart rate, it switches gears and becomes an intimate character study in what war does to humankind.
Jeremy Wheeler - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Though the slow-building occasionally drags, for the most part The Hurt Locker is a masterclass in how to build tension.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
It's in refusing to plant a flag on one side or the other over the Iraq war debacle that Bigelow may just have made the conflict's defining film: words are cheap, but it's action that matters.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
I wasn't exactly blown away by it (no pun intended here at all), but it remains an engaging film. There's certainly a great story to be told in here somewhere, it's just not the great film I've been hearing about.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
It's not delicate by any means, and it gives an intense look into the lives of the American soldiers in Iraq.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
The suspense may just kill you.
Katina Vangopoulos - Cut Print Review
Katina Vangopoulos - Moviedex
Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is one of the most thrilling action films I've seen in the past few years. It features set piece after pulse-quickening set piece.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The decade's best fictional film about its real war, it's a unique perspective on the workplace high of delivering containment from chaos. Some people kick PowerPoint's ass. Sgt. 1st Class William James saves his by defusing bombs.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Jeremy Renner as the unhinged James is a revelation.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
There is something original and distinctive about the film's willingness to admit that for some men (and many moviegoers) war carries an intrinsic dramatic charge.
Guy Westwell - Sight and Sound
Equal parts bravado-fueled action and pointed political statement. The best film yet made about the Iraq War, and the best American film about war since Platoon.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
One of the few must watches of the year so far, and certainly one of the most intelligent offerings, The Hurt Locker would likely already be boasting a masterpiece label had it been from a high profile director or studio.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
The opening scene alone may well be the most insanely gripping and amazingly constructed cinematic moment you'll see all year.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
Combines white- knuckle tension, sizzling dialogue and poignant insight into the lives of the bravest guys in Baghdad.
Rebecca Barry - Flicks.co.nz