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3.4
2,638 Ratings

Zero Dark Thirty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
United States, 2012
Thriller, Drama

Synopsis

Following the September 11 attacks, the film chronicles the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 and their decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

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Zero Dark Thirty Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | Winner: Best Achievement in Sound Editing

2013 | 4 nominations including: Best Achievement in Film Editing

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | Winner: Best Screenplay

2012 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Film

2012 | 3rd place: Best Actress

2012 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2012 | Winner: Best Director

2012 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Film

2012 | 3 nominations including: Best Lead Performance

American Film Institute Awards

2013 | Winner: Movie of the Year

What are people saying?

  • InsertOzuReferencehere's rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    I think the military propaganda elements were mostly unintentional, those that did seem mediated were most likely to keep it nestled within the parameters of a successful box office campaign. For me, this was a half-baked attempt at a feminist film - and though it has some decent moments technically, the laboured commercial feminism is annoying as hell. Telegraphed feminism almost always misses in film.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    With hindsight, a star has been removed because I feel Bigelow's war movies are overstated, when before, I interpreted her directorial style as an understated rendering of social realism. Errs too close to a Blockbuster when it really should act as an objective account.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    3 1/2 out of 5 stars. More like a dramatized documentary than actual storytelling but I liked it. The Seal Team 6 sequence felt like a little too much like a 1st person shooter for me to take the movie too seriously. Overall, I don't think it lived up to all the hype and it was maybe 20 minutes too long but I can think of worse ways to spend your time.

  • floserber's rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    Some moments stink like pathetic patriotism around a vendetta. But it's still a beautiful piece of cinema, questioning the medium, the limits of truth in pictures and the way everything here is nothing but an illusion. I don't know what else I could think of a film depicting an operation led by a fictional character named Maya (illusion in sanskrit) leading to the assasination of the "third floor guy".

  • Teresa Silva's rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    Ahhh, american war movies. I actually thought Bigelow held onto historical accuracy well and managed to question the viewer often about America's policy regarding strikes and torture. I don't get the people that say that this glorified torture? If you ignore the (arguably subtler) AMUUHRICA!!! tones, and the inaccurate portrayal of Arabs, this movie is great. And the ending was perfect.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    A very capable piece of odious filmmaking, populated by terrorists so alien to our way of life that they don't even get our Tolkien references, Zero Dark Thirty would like to have its cake and beat it, too -- which is a brutal and stupid thing to say, but no more offensive than Bigelow and Boal proclaiming their fealty to the facts even as they brush off criticism on the grounds of their creative license as artists.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    The outcry against this has been lazy. I recently sat down and watched the film, aware of the debate, standing firmly against the use of these enhanced interrogation techniques, and ready to scrutinize the film for being irresponsible. By the end, I found a film that was not exploitative but instead eager raise ethical questions that spur discussion.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Zero Dark Thirty

    Regardless of whether this is a work of fact or fiction, this is an exemplary display of skillful filmmaking with a thrilling story. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is steady, and the approach to the material feels realistic without being obnoxiously patriotic. In the end it is an interesting procedural set in modern warfare - though not as engaging as "The Hurt Locker", Bigelow's last portrait of war.