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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the most innovative and best made films of the past year. Every now and then, even Dick Cheney gets to like a great movie. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    While this decade-long look at the inner workings of the CIA is intriguing, the movie would have benefited by more character development and additional editing. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Judged solely as a film, a partially fictionalized account of the decade-long search for bin Laden, it's superbly crafted and relentlessly dramatic. More than that, though, Zero Dark Thirty is a shock to the system, one that's bound to incite discussion of profoundly troubling issues. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    What finally sticks in the mind about "ZDT" is its precision. 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. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The film's power steadily and relentlessly builds over its long course, to a point that is terrifically imposing and unshakable. show more

  • 90
    Alison Willmore Movieline

    Zero Dark Thirty makes you feel every step of Maya's journey, but it's her impressive achievement and that of the film itself that we're left contemplating, not her humanity - a stunningly well-realized whole with few soft spots to latch onto. show more

  • 95
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Was the death of Osama bin Laden worth the moral price, the compromised ideals? The filmmakers could hardly avoid raising those questions, but they pointedly leave them for the audience to answer. This is not a triumphant story in their telling, but it is one uncommonly freighted with the weight of history. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Like the fictional Clarice Starling in "The Silence of the Lambs,'' Maya is a consummate professional who brilliantly performs her job in an often hostile work environment. show more

  • November 01, 2013 jhuntlghlt
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    It was the best movie I saw this year.

  • April 17, 2013 cmarano79
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    This was an incredible movie! As an 0311 in the US Marine Corps during 2001-2003 this has been the first movie that makes me wish I could be in that room right along Jason Clarke and Jessica Chastain. The movie grabbed me right from the start and the two actors performances were spectacular.

  • March 25, 2013 anderson21flores
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    this movie was amazing in my perspective my 2nd favorite movie behind end of watch

  • March 23, 2013 bevd1600
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    ZERO DARK THIRTY IS A MUST SEE MOVIE YOU FIND ALOT OF THINGS YOU DONT KNOW PLUS THE LAST THIRTY MINUTES MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PART OF THE RAID IT IS INTENSE .ONLY THING THAT DISAPOINTED ME WAS THE LAST THIRTY MINUTES WAS TO DARK ON DVD BUT AT THE THEATRES YOU COULD SEE A LITTLE BETTER

  • March 17, 2013 bamman1
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    Loved the movie. The details of the movie, especially the assault of Bin Laden\'s compound, were very close to the actual accounts that I have read over the last 20 months or so. Great movie. A MUST SEE for sure.

  • March 07, 2013 ezmerelda13
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    Boring, long, slow.

  • February 25, 2013 Horace
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    Excellent portrayal of the complexities of finding a terrorist and one woman\'s inspiring self confidence and courage in overcoming bureaucratic male arrogance. Should have won the Oscar for Best Picture.

  • February 24, 2013 rosorg
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    Enjoyable. A true story showcasing one woman\'s determination and focus resulting in one of histories major acts of war.

  • February 22, 2013 dianetaylor68
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    Such an excellent movie. A little scary in the beginning, but so amazing also the way they tracked Bin Laden. Jessica Chastain was wonderful. She deserves the oscar for best actress.

  • February 17, 2013 ah00000000138877
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    I left the theater with a profound feeling of gratitude for the men and women who serve in our military and intelligence services. Few of us are smart enough, patient enough, brave enough or caring enough to do this work. Their sacrifices are HUGE.

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