jgarron’s review published on Letterboxd:
God damn, words cannot describe how much I love this film. It was this that officially made me a Fincher fanboy. Everything about this is done almost perfectly. It is dark, twisted, sickening and yet for some reason it is one of those films that I love to watch and makes me feel comfy in bed while I watch it. I don't know why I didn't notice it before but Howard Shore (<3) does a great job in using a pretty simple score to really drive the film and keep the tension and tone. It may not be one of those stand out, listen to it on its own soundtracks but it is perfect for the film.
The acting in this is just great all around. This is one of the few films where I feel like I am watching Brad Pitt the actor instead of Brad Pitt the celebrity if that makes sense. Here Pitt is excellent and really owns the role, especially in that ending. Jesus Christ you could feel the complete torment and anguish inside of him. Morgan Freeman was at the top of his game as usual. Even though it may have been a bit cliched that he was the retiring cop staying on for one last case, he was great as the "wise" old detective who had finally got completely fed up with the world around him. Even though he was the old detective who kept his emotions in check, this made the performance and character even better. That almost coldness he has makes the scenes where he does have a reaction or show of emotion stand out even more and really bring our attention to what is happening. Again in the ending just that reaction to the contents of the box and his desperate run shows that shit is going down. Even though he wasn't in it for long Spacey was amazing himself as John Doe and didn't seem to try and be over the top or steal some screen time for himself, but rather played the character brilliantly and you really could feel creeped out by him.
The look, the score, the acting, the tension, the tone, the dialogue, just about everything was perfect. This is the film that got me loving Fincher and so I just have to say it, bravo David.
p.s "Fuckin' Dante... poetry-writing faggot! Piece of shit, motherfucker!"