100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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. Most of all, though, it’s an instant classic that demonstrates, in a brutally hot and dusty laboratory setting, how the drug of war hooks its victims and why they can’t kick the habit.
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100

New York Daily News

What you'll remember most will be Renner's remarkably complex commander. By the time we finally figure him out, it's become clear we've witnessed a star-making performance, in a movie that deserves to stand as one of the defining films of the decade.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This one enters the pantheon of great American war films.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The result is 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.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

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.
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90

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The adrenaline rush of war has been largely missing from Hollywood's Iraq, but it's certainly front and center in The Hurt Locker, the first war movie in a while that feels as if it could have starred John Wayne.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Fused with paranoia and almost unbearable suspense, The Hurt Locker is powerful stuff.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Here's the Iraq War movie for those who don't like Iraq War movies.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Both a psychological portrait and an exciting action film.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
In The Hurt Locker, the thrill is unexpectedly contagious. You don't realize how riveted you are until you're back on American soil observing James in civilian life.
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94 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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