• Released
  • January 11, 2013
  • (Opened Limited 12/19 NY/LA)
  • R , 2 hr 37 min
  • Action/Adventure
Zero Dark Thirty Synopsis
An elite group of intelligence and military operatives devotes itself to finding Osama bin Laden.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Well done

By Djjdo1
Very good. It is slow moving. Then of course, a gripping finish. What makes this movie well worth the trip is the subject matter. We're all watching our history unfold. Very powerful as a result....

Well done. As real as could've been told.

By maverick2030
Zero Dark Thirty closely aligns with the Mark Owen perspective told in No Easy Day - even down to nuances. Obviously no one knows exactly how things unfolded, other than first-hand accounts, but...

Zero Dark Thirty is great!

By greg_movies1950
Jessica Chastain was excellent! She brought the character Maya to life in an outstanding performance. As in many Hollywood productions, the military members were presented less than complimentary...

intense and gripping

By jshahin
The politics behind the scenes is really interesting and how it was really the will of just one person, more than anything else, that even kept us pursuing Bin Laden was fascinating....


By ataylor2
I know its a two and a half hour movie but time flies by. Great acting, the story is very engaging, and the action scenes are awesome!...

Proud American!!!

By FilmNut23
The most accurate account we will ever see!!! I was blown away by just how intense and realistic the film was. Watching the end through the night vision goggles was intense and real, I could truly...

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By pj2smith
Good movie!!! Great outline and historical context, but it's kinda slow and drags on a bit. The Hurt Locker by the same director was a PERFECT movie and is my all time favorite movie, so then again I...

SRQ Review

By kasceballos
I understand why Argo won the Critics Choice award for Best Director/Picture. There was a tension and heart throughout that was missing in Zero Dark Thirty. It was a good film though and worth...

Patriotism at its Best

By NatalieFanofMovies
This is an important movie for all American's to see. It was well done and captured the daily sacrifices our service men and women make on our behalf daily. Kudos to the hard working men and women at...

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By Susan1955
I loved this movie. I got I exactly what I wanted - the story from the CIA's point of view. All the acting was wonderful. Jessica Chastain is a talented young woman and I look forward to seeing...

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Rated R | For Language, Brutal Disturbing Images and Strong Violence
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