Lists: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime / Heist, Psychological Thrillers, Whodunnit

Brief Synopsis: "Based on the actual case files for one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in America, "Zodiac" tells the story of a serial killer that terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues."

Overall Ranking: 202 (Rank from 2007: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Patrick Devitt100
David Baruffi97
Dave Examines Movies93(full review)
Dan O'Neill90 - Zodiac is a film where barely anything happens, except for a lot of talking and investigation into a case that is still open today, but Fincher keeps this long flick totally entertaining, exciting, and tense with a great screenplay that dives right into the investigation itself, and show perfect performances by just about everybody involved.
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Skooch90(full review)
Bryan Lienesch90 - A riveting sort of 'historical thriller', but at times the film feels as though it covers its span of 22 years in realtime.
Lisa Marie Bowman85 - Jake Gyllenhaal is miscast but otherwise, this is a haunting and disturbing film. Excellent work from Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey, Jr. ,and Chloe Sevigny.
Darren of Movie Reviews 10184
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80 - Unless you HATE creepy movies which will have you on the edge of your seat, watch it.
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Tom Little of Digital Shortbread76(full review)
Jay of Life Vs Film70(full review)

People Involved

  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Robert Graysmith)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Paul Avery)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Dave Toschi)
  • Anthony Edwards (Bill Armstrong)
  • Brian Cox (Melvin Belli)
  • Elias Koteas (Jack Mulanax)
  • ChloĆ« Sevigny (Melanie)
  • John Carroll Lynch (Arthur Leigh Allen)
  • Ed Setrakian (Al Hyman)
  • John Getz (Templeton Peck)
  • John Terry (Charles Thieriot)
  • Candy Clark (Carol Fisher)
  • Dermot Mulroney (Captain Martin Lee)
  • Brett Rickaby (Detective Roy)
  • David Fincher (Director)
  • James Vanderbilt (Director)