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American Zombie (2007)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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As the walking dead fill the streets of Los Angeles, filmmakers John Solomon and Grace Lee turn their cameras on the misunderstood flesh-eaters, their fierce proponents, and their staunch opponents to offer a glimpse of just how society has changed in the wake of the zombie uprising. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Grace Lee, Rebecca Sonnenshine

Jul 8, 2008

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (5) | DVD (4)

The best zombie movies shock us into a realization about ourselves and the world in which we live, but how much can zombies teach us when their world so closely resembles 1995?

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Performances vary widely in quality. Some of the "experts" who expound on zombie culture are portrayed by such amateurish actors that the film threatens to collapse.

March 24, 2008
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If Lee intended primarily to spoof documentary conventions, she should have chosen a theme less commercially overexposed -- and worked harder at making it more than just sorta-kinda humorous.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The mere fact that [director Grace] Lee can make both a media satire and, in the end, a creepy horror flick, while at least alluding to bigger social issues, suggests the breadth of her wit and intelligence.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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A clever kind of documentary hybrid.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

[Director] Lee covers all bases and when we least expect it, she also manages to sneak in a creepy zombie flick...

July 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

American Zombie is hands-down the best film I've seen so far this year.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieWeb
MovieWeb

Proves that there's still lots of humor and insight to be found in the walking dead.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: CHUD

Lee wants to make an up-with-dead-people portrait that shines light on how the diverse zombie community integrates into the city.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Besides managing to be a statement on racism, a parody of a documentary, and an enjoyable character conflict between two egotistical directors, it's also a straight up zombie comedy!

March 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Quippy send up of identity politics documentaries offers some occasionally biting moments.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

American Zombie works on several levels of satire.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It is essentially a one-joke premise and while it might have played beautifully as a 30-minute short subject, there just isn't enough to it to sustain itself as a 90-minute feature.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Lee's film proves that it's a genre as viable as ever, endlessly flexible and perpetually illuminating.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

A cleverly-comedic, high-concept adventure, artfully-executed, and thought-provoking, too!

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

The film satirizes well-intentioned socially conscious documentaries, examining how zombies have been integrated into the general population. It has a rewarding last half hour if the viewer can wait it out.

March 14, 2008 Full Review
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If you're looking for zombie horror, this is not the film for you (not enough gut-ripping and arm-chewing), but if you're looking for zombie fun, check it out.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Doesn't add much to the contemporary zombie genre or even the horror comedy genre but does provide light entertainment, especially if you like jokes about filmmaking.

April 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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Audience Reviews for American Zombie

Is it just me or is the whole mockumenatary thing wearing a little thin? This has a few enjoyable quirky moments but overall it never really takes flight. Starting from the top, I thought the concept was great, the acting was good, but the collective quality of the material never rises above 'passively interesting'.
October 8, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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This makes Land of the Dead look Like Diary of the Dead, which still isnt saying much.
April 7, 2009
Godless

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I REALLY hate when a movie is so middle of the road in quality that I struggle with what I want to say about it.

I do know that I had high hopes for this film for many reasons. The satirization of zombie movies has hit a peak this decade, and I expected another whopper to add to the list. I also thought it might be more insightful on the genre, and do for zombies what Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon did for slashers. Also, whenever you title something American ___dadada____ it had better be damn good.

It's interesting how these zombies fit into normal society, but that's where the entertainment ends. Very minimal makeup, nothing for zombie fans to see here. Very stereotypical acting for a mockumentary that seems too influenced by 'The Office' (talkin Gervais and Merchant as well as the American bastardization) and doesn't feel realistic or fresh at all. Nice shooting for a handicam, but mind you this is supposed to be a professional documentary crew.

There's nothing exceptionally BAD, but there's nothing exceptionally good or worth remembering. The movie does paste the zombie onto the pattern of oppressed groups and common problems within oppressed minorities well enough. But there's not any horror to justify the utter lack of comedy, and vice versa.

Just lukewarm and leaving one with an "you could have done so MUCH better" feeling, as this movie packs more promise than your typical Z-budget, but delivers just as little.

A once watch for zombie fans MAYBE. I can't recommend this to anyone however, and I would never screen it to anyone. It's paradigm middleness earns its a 2.5 but overall the production rates a 3 and the acting isn't atrociously but also around a 3. The separation between this film's potential and what is achieves is so great a gap that I can't in good mind give it a 3.
September 29, 2008
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