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  • Summary: A chilling look inside the minds of two high school boys, Zero Day brings us into the world of best friends Andre and Cal, alienated teens determined to carry out a violent attack on their high school. (Film Forum)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    This isn’t exploitation; this is a look at how things may have been with Harris and Klebold, and how something like this could easily happen again.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    80
    Consistently riveting. Anything but sensationalistic, pic powerfully illuminates the banality of evil, as realistically ordinary kids (played brilliantly by non-professional high schoolers) prepare to wreak havoc.
  3. 80
    Though comparisons to "The Blair Witch Project" are inevitable, the impeccable first-person camera technique not only makes sense dramatically, but also facilitates a complex and queasily ambiguous relationship between the conspirators and the audience.
  4. 70
    The movie can't help but resonate with a ripped-from-the-headlines topicality.
  5. 70
    What gives the movie its power is that even the most innocuous scenes in the boys' lives are shadowed by dread.
  6. 70
    The simulation of shaky camera amateur DV is a narrative ploy that often taxes the filmmakers' ingenuity. Still, the movie has a creepy authenticity.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    50
    Meant to be purposefully banal. Unfortunately, there's a thin line between purposefully banal and simply banal, and Ben Coccio's debut feature too often crosses it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. HaroldG
    Dec 9, 2005
    10
    Nothing short of a masterpiece!!! Just SEE IT...it's by far the best true-crime movie ever made! Too bad AVATAR ruined it with a crappy Nothing short of a masterpiece!!! Just SEE IT...it's by far the best true-crime movie ever made! Too bad AVATAR ruined it with a crappy release. Not for the faint of heart. Coccio needs to make more movies. Expand
  2. S.Lavelle
    Aug 23, 2006
    6
    A rather lazy film; not as insightful as, say, "Elephant." Powerful lead performances cannot conceal the fact that the Coccios are too lazy A rather lazy film; not as insightful as, say, "Elephant." Powerful lead performances cannot conceal the fact that the Coccios are too lazy to attempt to give reasons for the shootings, let alone answers. [***SPOILERS***] (The killers' repeated calls that there are no reasons for their massacre is, of course, a paradox--one Ben Coccio does not even hint at exploring.) 6/10 Expand

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