The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker (2009)

Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal (who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story), director Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War-set action thriller The Hurt Locker presents… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 26, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker is thus far the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Director Kathryn Bigelow, doing her run-'n'-gun best, doesn't mine traditional suspense so much as impart a queasy feeling of monotony.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Like every war before it, the U.S. invasion of Iraq has generated its share of movies. But The Hurt Locker is the first of them that can properly be called a masterpiece.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

I probably should have seen this movie when I had the chance in theaters, but as a DVD it didn't live up to the hype, though it was well done.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Bigelow's film combines an expert management of tension with a sensitive and journalistic attention to detail: she has one eye on the truth and the other on the multiplex.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The question isn't how do you live with the buzz of looming death; it's how do you live without it? No answers are offered, or even suggested.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

As a war movie the film. . .is content to ply the old standbys, such as the men in the trenches who understand the reality of the war, the effete desk-bound commanders who offer useless advice, and the civilians who exist merely as cannon fodder.

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Richard Roeper

One of the best movies of the year, with a star-making performance from Jeremy Renner.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

Like her protagonist, Bigelow is both a meticulous technician and a ballsy showoff. And, like him, she has ice water in her veins.

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Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly

We may not like Staff Sgt. James all that much, but those of us who get our adrenaline fixes at the movies can recognize a bit of ourselves in him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A US army bomb disposal tec makes waves in his new unit because of his gung ho attitude. The Hurt Locker is an interesting war film, mainly because its indie… More
paul oh
A well executed war film that brings out the best from its actors and bursts out intense visuals from the cinematography. A destructive and fantastic film.
KJ Proulx
Gripping, intense, and extremely well-acted, "The Hurt Locker" shows the war like never before. Jeremy Renner is in his breakout performance, which… More
Sanjay Rema
Real action, real dialogue, and real suspenseful. This film really blew me away. Renner and Mackie put on great performances, and Bigelow does a fantastic job… More
Eric Shankle
Lacking a narrative arc. There's no central conflict to keep the audience interested. Instead it's just repetitive unrealistic war scenes, and it… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] An amazing drama war film, well deserving of the Oscar for Best Picture. The shaky… More