Box Office - 11/26/2012 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a rarity, a truly entertaining film that never condescends to its audience or cheapens history and truth."
Movieline - 11/29/2012
"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..."
Rolling Stone - 12/20/2012 4 stars out of 4 -- "You're in for a hell of a ride with this high-voltage thriller that digs with shocking gravity into the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/14/2012
"[A] meticulous and electrifying re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden..." -- Grade: A
Wall Street Journal - 12/27/2012
"[T]he director-writer team of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal deserves credit for taking on the subject in the first place, and dramatizing it with impressive skill."
Los Angeles Times - 12/18/2012
"Kathryn Bigelow proves herself once again to be a master of heightened realism and narrative drive in this retelling of the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden."
New York Times - 12/19/2012
"[B]rilliantly directed....A seamless weave of truth and drama, ZERO DARK THIRTY tracks the long, twisted road to Bin Laden's capture..."
A.V. Club - 12/18/2012
"[T]he Rorschach blot Bigelow and Boal have made out of this loaded story speaks well of their methods." -- Grade: A
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/02/2013 3 stars out of 4 -- "Chastain shows again how versatile an actress she is....ZERO DARK THIRTY is a slam-bang action picture..."
Washington Post - 01/11/2013 4 stars out of 4 - "From the very first scenes of ZERO DARK THIRTY, director Kathryn Bigelow demonstrates why she is such a formidable filmmaker, as adept with human emotion as with visceral, pulse-quickening action."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2013
?ZERO DARK THIRTY is technically awe-inspiring....Mark Boal has written a tight, detailed and fast-paced script...?
Total Film - 03/01/2013 4 stars out of 5 -- "Its masterstroke is to make the pursuit of bin Laden deeply, intensely personal -- a dance to the death choreographed by one driven individual."
Uncut - 02/01/2013
"Bigelow and Boal adopt a journalistic approach....ZERO DARK THIRTY moves like a police procedural: it is rigorous, pared-back and analytical."
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the Academy Award-winning duo behind THE HURT LOCKER, reteam for this drama detailing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, which stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as the intelligence expert who dedicated a decade of her life to tracking down the world's most wanted terrorist. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the CIA began interrogating suspected Al Qaeda agents across the globe in a bid to locate the elusive bin Laden. Upon arriving at a CIA black site and witnessing the brutal interrogation tactics firsthand, driven operative Maya (Chastain) aids her unpredictable colleague Dan (Jason Clarke) in gathering the intelligence that will help bring their target to justice. Over the course of the next decade, numerous false leads and dead ends make the search seem more futile than ever. Meanwhile, numerous suicide bombings across the Middle East and Europe hint that Al Qaeda won't go down without a fight. Then, just when it seems as if the trail of clues has finally dried up, an old piece of evidence leads Maya to a suspect who may work directly for the man charged with planning the worst act of terrorism ever committed on American soil. Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, and James Gandolfini co-star.