Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

  • Zero Dark Thirty is a clinical, apolitical look at ten years of dogged determination. It is a thoughtful exploration of the elaborate puzzle put together to find Osama Bin Laden.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Once in a long while, a fresh-from-the-headlines movie fuses journalism, procedural high drama, and the oxygenated atmosphere of a thriller into a new version of history written with lightning... [Zero Dark Thirty] is that kind of movie.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The most important American fiction movie about Sept. 11, a landmark that would be more impressive if there were more such films to choose from.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • There's an emotional detachment to the film that undercuts its potency. Zero Dark Thirty is more technically proficient than emotionally involving.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • From the very first scenes of Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow demonstrates why she is such a formidable filmmaker, as adept with human emotion as with visceral, pulse-quickening action.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • It's a movie made with the same coolly fanatical attention to craft the lead character displays in her work.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Even the smallest touches in Zero Dark Thirty feel authentic enough that we scarcely question them ...

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • What the film says about getting information from terrorism suspects in an era of high-tech surveillance depends on your point of view. What is unquestionable is how powerful its full scope is.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • What it does in the course of telling a seminal story of our time is what contemporary films so rarely do, serve as brilliant provocation.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Swift, smart, relentless, Zero Dark Thirty compresses a decade of high-stakes procedural into 157 minutes of pure momentum.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • As disturbing as it often is to watch, it's so rife with sheer cinematic material that it's likely to reward multiple viewings.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • It combines ruthlessness and humanity in a manner that is paradoxical and disconcerting yet satisfying as art.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • A slam-bang action picture.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Its stance is extremely tricky. It's not a documentary. It's not a load of revenge nonsense. It's not "24." I'm still arguing with myself over parts of it.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • At the very least Bigelow has widened her reach past the white-knuckle thrills of The Hurt Locker and into the darkest currents of American military might -- at the risk of being swept away.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • As a hugely compressed account of the Osama bin Laden manhunt, as a compelling but troubling look at "black ops" tradecraft, and as a riveting portrait of a fiercely determined woman working in a male-dominated sphere, the film is a resounding success.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A timely and important reminder of the agonizing human price of zealotry.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • While "Zero Dark Thirty" may offer political and moral arguing points aplenty, as well as vicarious thrills,as a film it's simply too much of a passable thing.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • "Zero Dark Thirty" is a great movie, an astonishing achievement on nearly every level.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Movies must move, and this one just lies there like a stack of paper from a classified government filing cabinet.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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