100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Its most impressive accomplishment is to gather a bewildering labyrinth of facts and suspicions over a period of years, and make the journey through this maze frightening and suspenseful.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Zodiac never veers from its stoically gripping, police-blotter tone, yet it begins to take on the quality of a dream.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Firing on all cylinders as a creepy thriller, police procedural and "All the President's Men"-style investigative newsroom drama, the smart, extremely vivid production oozes period authenticity.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Unique and unmissable.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Zodiac is a reproach both to those dedicated to unscrambling "The Da Vinci Code" and to those hooked on forensic crime shows where all the evidence leads to a tidy conclusion. That Zodiac's manhunt is inconclusive makes it all the more haunting.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is the rare movie that blends long scenes of meticulous research with a sweeping story and sustains a feeling of riveting suspense. Zodiac grips you by the throat and doesn't let go.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Zodiac is a kind of corrective remake of "Se7en," a renunciation of that earlier movie's psychotic nihilism. That rejection extends to a neat sight gag. Fincher gives us a shot of a cardboard cutout for "Dirty Harry" that mocks the personal abyss that catching Zodiac becomes.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Without a persuasive ending, Zodiac is an exercise in frustration if not futility. But before it hits the inevitable wall, it does something better than most genre films even attempt: it perfectly depicts the obsession that often overtakes cops and reporters involved in high-profile crimes.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Never takes off, but it never collapses. At times, it becomes frustrating -- for example, about 30 minutes are spent pursuing a lead that goes nowhere.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film feels self-obsessed, an intriguing drama that slowly devolves into a bleak meditation on the absence of dramatics.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.