Zodiac Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • It is impossible not to enjoy Zodiac: if enjoy is the word for a picture so often scary and stomach-turning.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • With its unhurried pace and cerebrally engaging plot, Zodiac is an unusually haunting and compelling horror film.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The movie, directed by David Fincher, is not without value, if it's largely without drama.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • A long work of completely sustained suspense and dark humor.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Nathan Lee — Village Voice

  • Without a persuasive ending, Zodiac is an exercise in frustration.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle

  • Have no doubts, director David Fincher makes movies that rattle. Even when they're not wholly successful.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • What makes Zodiac authentic is the way it avoids chases, shootouts, grandstanding and false climaxes, and just follows the methodical progress of police work.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A film that is both emotionally and intellectually unsettling.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

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