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The Crazies (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 105 | Rotten: 43

Tense, nicely shot, and uncommonly intelligent, The Crazies is a horror remake that, unusually, works.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 18

Tense, nicely shot, and uncommonly intelligent, The Crazies is a horror remake that, unusually, works.

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Sahara director Breck Eisner teams with screenwriters Ray Wright (Pulse) and Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) to give George A. Romero's underrated 1973 shocker a shiny new makeover in this update starring Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell. Perform a Google search on "small-town America," and eventually you'll stumble across Ogden Marsh, a picturesque hamlet situated a safe distance from the nearest big city, and full of friendly faces. The citizens of Ogden Marsh are happy, albeit

Jun 29, 2010

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[A] respectable update.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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While it loses the charm of Romero's low-budget clunkiness, it is in all other regards superior.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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The incoherence is made all the more disappointing because Eisner displays a great deal of raw talent for the genre's tone and set pieces.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR | Comments (4)
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Unlike Romero's film, what's missing is a trenchant sense of connection to our historical moment.

March 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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It's kind of crazy, but it's also pretty smart. And if your nervous system can stand it, you should see it.

March 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The blood is certainly convincing these days, but it generally flows only in the safest and most inoffensive, uncontroversial directions.

February 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Activism-minded moviegoers will welcome the second coming of Romero's cautionary tale, but they'll have to sit through one hell of a nasty pitchfork scene to get the message.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Some genuinely scary scenes aren't enough to save this tired and unnecessary remake.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

If you haven't seen that many horror films, you might find it thrilling, but for those of you who are familiar with the genre you will most likely find yourself bored, and wishing for something more original.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Don't be afraid of the horror remake stigma here; be afraid of The Crazies' constant, electric hum of dread.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Without giving a lot away, you'll be creeped a handful of times.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

It doesn't stray that far from its conventional horror roots but what it does, it does ... adequately. Which, if we're honest, is a lot more than you expect out of something called The Crazies.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Without any palpable sense of terror or political subtext, the film is analogous to its not-exactly-zombie townsfolk who stagger about purposefully but blankly.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Possibly worth watching for a bit of a laugh if you're a fan of Romero, or horror generally, but it's nothing that'll be remembered for long after you leave the theatre.

February 3, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

A goofy but entertaining and creepy horror film...

October 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Remake of the George Romero film features Timothy Olyphant as the sheriff of a peaceful small town where things begin to go horribly awry. Meh.

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"A more direct shot of scares, gussied up with overtly slick filmmaking that spends more time on technical challenges than it does lacing together a consistently nail-biting motion picture."

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Acted and executed competently enough, but doesn't take the premise anywhere fresh.

May 8, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

There are questions that would have been major issues in a better film, but here they're just quibbles among scary-enough set pieces.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

A decent disaster film masquerading as a horror flick.

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

In the end, we're more scared for these people because they're fleshed-out characters, not the anonymous and interchangeable targets that populate most horror schlock.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Plenty of chills with a fair amount of twists and turns. A great cast plus able direction gives a genuine small town feel...making the horror element even more effective. Paul Chambers, CNN.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

An unilluminating remake of George Romero's brilliant and angry 1973 thriller...

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for The Crazies

I must admit the Movie "The Carriers" was alot better than this one. Well actually this one was a waste of time and 3.50 Francs.
February 26, 2013
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Wahida K

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2010s version of The Crazies is one of the better horror remakes in recent years but then as fun as the original was, it was ripe for an update. They got the cast right and most of the usual cliches are thankfully absent but strangely enough, I think it's modern technology that let's this contemporary version down. You know they'll never get away and at the same time you know deep down that they probably shouldn't either! A good film but it just lacks a certain something I can't quite put my finger on.
August 20, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

"THAT SHI CRAY." That was my response after watching "The Crazies". The crazies in the movie are CRAY. It's not the usual mindless zombies that we're used to; these guys are smart, use tools, communicate, and set traps. As you can imagine, you don't wanna run into these guys. There's one scene in particular that works on every level that a horror movie should (Car wash scene). Exquisitely shot and riveting. You will be tense in a number of scenes. Unfortunately, the rest seems like a big ball of mash that seems sloppily put together.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

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    1. Becca: It's gonna be allright. We're going to be okay.
    2. Becca: You really believe that, do you.
    – Submitted by Erik M (14 months ago)
    1. Russell: Uhh sherrif I'm all for a little civil disobedience, but I think this one might cost you your job!
    2. David Dutten: You know what Rus, that wouldn't be such a bad thing!
    – Submitted by Yannieck W (24 months ago)
    1. Russell: I saw movement!
    2. David Dutten: Everything is fucking moving!
    – Submitted by Alex D (2 years ago)
    1. Becca: Please, just go away. Please!
    2. Judy Dutten: NO!
    3. David Dutten: Here's the deal.
    – Submitted by Nick P (2 years ago)
    1. Russell: Boo-fucking-yah.
    – Submitted by rob g (2 years ago)
    1. David Dutten: Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can.
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