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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a great film for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can be enjoyed as a political thriller as well as a political statement."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"In its slick cinematic urgency and its outrage, Z still has the power to shake you up."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Required viewing for any lover of political thrillers."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"a relentlessly fast-paced political expose that has not a single wasted second"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Its mere existence is testimony to the fact that no matter how hard those in power struggle to conceal their misdeeds, truth will eventually win out."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"It's hard to overstate the impact that this Oscar-winning procedural thriller had in 1969, on a world roiling in political activism, repression, and discord."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Z combines the intellectual heft of revolution-themed films like The Battle of Algiers with the drop-dead cool of mod touchstones like Blow Out or Le Samouraï."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"... thrilling, compelling, run through with vivid supporting characters and narrative twists and turns that have the dramatic punch of fiction even when based on real events."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"It's still an eye-catching, fast-paced watch."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Mikis Theodorakis provides a stirring musical score of traditional Greek music."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Z, whose title is a stand-in for the Greek word zei ('he lives'), takes us back to where that fascination all began for Costa-Gavras and shows us that, for the rest of us, it hasn't ever really ended."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"This concession to cheap psychological realism still manages to stand out and stick in the craw."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Four decades later, this glimpse into the machinations of political violence, intolerance, willful ignorance, and systemic oppression has lost none of its urgent relevance."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The cyclonic drive is all heat and outrage"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Years later, Costa-Gavras' shrewd contrivance and superb form hold up impressively."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
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