The Hurt Locker

131 mins
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The 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Editing.

This war zone thriller follows three members of... More

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The Hurt Locker | Ratings & Reviews

"The Hurt Locker is a near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work."

Time MagazineTime Magazine

"An intense, action-driven war pic, a muscular, efficient standout..."

Entertainment WeeklyEntertainment Weekly

"The most skilful and emotionally involving film yet made about the (Iraq) conflict."

The New YorkerThe New Yorker

"A combustible drama that shakes you in ways you don't see coming."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"(A) nerve-jangling thriller..."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"The first great film about the war in Iraq."

The Irish TimesThe Irish Times

"A showcase for austere technique, terse writing and a trio of brilliant performances."

Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal

"Both the film about the war in Iraq that we've been waiting for and the kind of unqualified triumph that's been long expected from director Kathryn Bigelow."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"A spellbinding war film..."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"An exercise in pure cinema that tells its story using every visual, aural and sensory element the medium has to offer."

The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"Bigelow's understanding of the psychological aspect of action... sets her apart."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"The best war movie since Full Metal Jacket."

Chicago ReaderChicago Reader

"Reveals more about the realities of contemporary military conflict than most documentaries."

Daily TelegraphDaily Telegraph

"A blazingly powerful action movie... whose unpretentious clarity makes for a refreshing change."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"In its gutsy, bare-bones beauty, The Hurt Locker is not simply a war movie. It is war poetry."

The TimesThe Times

"There is something original and distinctive about the film's willingness to admit that for some men (and many moviegoers) war carries an intrinsic dramatic charge."

Sight & SoundSight & Sound

"An intense, thoughtful film, politically nuanced but without obvious ideological underpinnings."

The AgeThe Age

"A gut-wrenching, gripping piece of suspense cinema..."

Japan TimesJapan Times

"Boal's script stirs a little of everything into the pot, which boils down into seven setpieces divided by brief intervals of camaraderie/conflict among the three protags."


"Bigelow makes a welcome return with a thrilling, edgy and, yes, explosive film about the toughest job in the world. What’s The Hurt Locker? Something special."

Total FilmTotal Film

"The best nondocumentary American feature made yet about the war in Iraq."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Stretched both timewise and for plausibility."

New York PostNew York Post

"Tensely action-packed and muscularly directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this tale of an elite U.S. army bomb disposal unit in Baghdad is a familiar story in new clothes, targeted at the young male demographic."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"The most literally exciting film you will see this year. Forget the off-putting banner of another Iraq movie -- go, watch, marvel, endure and book in the palliative of a stiff drink afterwards."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"A great film, an intelligent film, a film shot clearly so that we know exactly who everybody is and where they are and what they’re doing and why."

Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-Times

The Hurt Locker | Details

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Winner of 6 Academy Awards, 2010: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing. Winner of 6 BAFTA Awards, 2010: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound.
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