The Zone of Interest

critic Reviews

, 93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Dispassionately examining the ordinary existence of people complicit in horrific crimes, The Zone of Interest forces us to take a cold look at the mundanity behind an unforgivable brutality.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    Glazer takes a meticulously forensic approach to the pair, but it could never be said he’s putting them under a microscope. Far from it. He’s determined to keep them at a distance, perhaps afraid that a single close-up might taint the whole exercise.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    It is an extraordinary piece of filmmaking from the opening credits to the closing ones.
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    Jimmy SoThe New Republic
    Jonathan Glazer deliberately avoids the most familiar horrors of the Holocaust to show a further layer of inhumanity.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    I don't think this is the banality of evil. I think it's the kind of screaming silent horror of indifference or callousness.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    I left it shaken and stricken; it stayed with me, stubbornly, over the months that followed.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Taking loose inspiration from a 2014 novel by the late Martin Amis, director Jonathan Glazer demonstrates Hannah Arendt’s “banality of evil” theory at work.
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    PJ GrisarThe Forward
    Hedwig and Rudolf are hardly the haunted Macbeths. The only damned spots that concern them are those on the poorly trimmed lilac bushes on the camp’s perimeter.
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    James MarshSouth China Morning Post
    Glazer has delivered a profound and deeply unsettling masterpiece that serves as a timely reminder that, as it did in Nazi Germany, true evil continues to exist amid the mundane, and turning a blind eye is nothing less than complicity.
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    OtiFor Your Reference Podcast
    Presents a weird juxtaposition of mundane family issues against the Holocaust backdrop. It felt overly artistic—just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Artistically bold, but emotionally vacant.
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    KT MaheFor Your Reference Podcast
    While the deliberate indifference that is core to this film can be frustrating, Jonathan Glazer offers up his own and the pain of so many to put focus on those that keep going while calamity escalates.
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