Metacritic Movie Ratings
Zero Dark Thirty Reviews

5.0

95

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen 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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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe 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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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia 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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