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2,915 Ratings

Zero Dark Thirty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
United States, United Arab Emirates, 2012
Thriller, Drama


Following the September 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden becomes one of the world’s major targets. His worldwide manhunt occupies the attention of two U.S. presidential administrations. Ultimately, it is the work of a female operative that proves instrumental in finally locating the terrorist.

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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

Bigelow’s assured, breathless handling of the climactic siege on Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad may be the most potent and seemingly effortless display of the director’s ability to choreograph exact and powerful movement in tight, dangerous spaces; her ability to mount active tension is very simply unparalleled.
March 25, 2013
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Although the scene [where Dan gives shade to the monkeys but not the caged men] depicts the joy Dan takes in an act of care, it does not show us what he possesses that lessens our sense of the evil he contributes to the world. It rather shows that his is a soul incapable of feeling itself in proper relation to others, an absence that allows him to see those other human beings tied up in the sun nearby as less deserving of human treatment than he is…
February 01, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty is the ne plus ultra of proceduralism, its ultimate expansion and reductio ad absurdum. It’s all about the well-nigh interminable process of searching for, and then eliminating, Osama Bin Laden.
January 18, 2013
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