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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Notorious case inspires dark, sinuous thriller.

Movie R 2007 165 minutes
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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (30 ):

David Fincher's excellent movie includes several violent murder scenes (a stabbing is especially grisly). But it's more interested in the consequences of the brutality: crime scenes, investigative procedures, fear in the community. In a mess of intersecting obsessions and deceptions, Zodiac finds remarkable coherence, tracing the similar needs, means, and fictions that structure truth.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 1, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: July 24, 2007
  • Cast: Chloe Sevigny , Jake Gyllenhaal , Mark Ruffalo
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 165 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: some strong killings, language, drug material and brief sexual images.
  • Last updated: September 8, 2023

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