• Released
  • January 11, 2013
  • (Opened Limited 12/19 NY/LA)
  • R , 2 hr 37 min
  • Action/Adventure

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a movie made with the same coolly fanatical attention to craft the lead character displays in her work. Bigelow is now recognized as one of our true filmmaking naturals.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The film's power steadily and relentlessly builds over its long course, to a point that is terrifically imposing and unshakable.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A monumental achievement that documents a coordinated and complicated response to a monumental tragedy.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Once in a long while, a fresh-from-the-headlines movie - like "All the President's Men" or "United 93" - fuses journalism, procedural high drama, and the oxygenated atmosphere of a thriller into a new version of history written with lightning. Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's meticulous and electrifying re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is that kind of movie.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hang on tight. The knockout punch of the movie season is being delivered by Zero Dark Thirty.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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By Alison Willmore
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.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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95 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.