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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 135 | Rotten: 45

A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 14

A kinetic, violent and surprisingly worthy remake of George Romero's horror classic that pays homage to the original while working on its own terms.

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The feature-film debut of director Zack Snyder, Dawn of the Dead is a modern retelling of George Romero's 1978 horror classic, which was actually the second film in a trilogy that began with Night of the Living Dead and concluded with Day of the Dead. Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames star as two of the last remaining people on an earth that has been ravaged by flesh-eating zombies. After escaping to a shopping mall with a handful of other survivors, they decide that they only way to truly elude the

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James Gunn

Dec 28, 2004

$58.9M

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The new version has its share of disturbing moments, but writer James Gunn and director Zack Snyder have stripped away the social satire of the original and put little in its place.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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The remake, from first-time director Snyder, keeps much of the gore and loads up on the laughs, but eschews all pretence at cultural criticism in favour of high-octane, almost nonstop action.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Only gore-thirsting teens will be satisfied.

March 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (12)
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... bloody good fun.

March 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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For those who enjoy tight, tense, graphic horror, this movie offers an ample helping.

March 21, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It more than surpasses the original.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (5)
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There are scares aplenty in Dawn of the Dead; enjoy them and be well. Twenty years from now, though, I know which version I'll still be watching.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

One of the genre's best pure zombie-fest films featuring regular folks against an army of the undead.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Nicely respectful of the original film, this remake amps up the adrenalin-charged action while skimping on the depth to deliver a gripping but empty-headed thrill-ride.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Extremely gory horror movie; not for kids.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (11)
Common Sense Media

Will surely appeal to the easily pleased fraction of horror audiences...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (2)
Cinema Crazed

Director Zack Snyder and writer James Gunn have simply traded one set of time-sensitive issues for more contemporary cliches.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The new version of George A Romero's 1979 zombie movie arrives with all the expected technical improvements but abandons the satire that made Romero's film a masterpiece of the genre.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Snyder's style is assaultive, and there's little pleasure to the scares.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The remake of Dawn of the Dead is a fun, gory ride, that makes up for its lack of depth with all out action.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (2)
ESplatter

This oddly effective 'reimagining' loses some of the satire but none of the bite of the 1978 George Romero classic.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

It's a pretty fun ride.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A more preferable kind of remake than one that simply regurgitates the storyline of the original.

September 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comments (4)
Projection Booth

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for those who feared a true desecration of Romero's masterwork, this is only a moderately competent zombie flick.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Guaranteed to induce nightmares!

March 31, 2007
Bean Soup Times

A notch above what you expect from a Zombie movie.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

Truly worthy of that famous title.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

At last, a horror remake worth the watch.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Nicely amplifies George A. Romero's 1978 zombies-at-the-mall horror classic.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for Dawn of the Dead

The end of western society...
Again.
Or:"I love the smell of zombies in the morning...!"
Entertaining? It's my fav zombie movie.
My fav Zack (lowbrow, lowball) Synder movie too ... to date ...
June 10, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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Sometimes its difficult to make a good remake, especially if its a remake to George A.Romero's 'Dawn Of The Dead'. This may not be as memorable, as powerful or as funny as the original. However, it doesn't stop this film from being a faster and intense take on a zombie apocalypse .

As a Romero fan, I wasn't very fond of the idea of having running zombies. To me, this form of the undead ruins the idea of what a typical zombie is. The film tries to give intensity to individual zombies. However, this doesn't really top how terrifying a large group of slow moving zombies can be.

Overall,its nothing like the original, but introduces a new, zombie apocalypse with a faster pace. For Horror/Zombie fans, this is a must watch/buy.
April 25, 2013
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

Remakes generally suck. And to remake Dawn of the Dead (the penultimate zombie apocalypse movie of its time) would have to beat very high expectations. (Yes, Night of the Living Dead started it all but it moves too slow for most Gen X and Y'ers),

Borrowing from 28 Days Later "zombies-on-speed", Zach Snyder's debut is at its best in its opening sequence of suburban mayhem, including the gripping title sequence (played to Johnny Cash's "When the Man Comes Around") and in the final credits (accompanied by John Carol's "People Who Died"). Like the original, the movie meanders a bit in the middle with a few original "gore" scenes for the zombie diehards. Cameos by Tom Savini, (make-up artist) and Ken Foree (the protagonist) from the original film make it enjoyable for those of us old enough to have been scared out of our mind back in the 70's.

And to top it off, it reiterates one of the best tag-lines of all time:

"When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
April 20, 2012
Mark Beckford

Super Reviewer

As far as creating gore, this is a pretty slick movie. Overall, it's a pretty mediocre horror flick. The zombies are way faster and stronger than most you'll see, but they come across far less creepy than their meandering predecessors. The real flaw in this movie is it's ability to create suspense. The real charm of a zombie story is the tension amongst the living, a poor job was done establishing anything here. Of course, the characters were all pretty weak anyway. This was all style, and no substance. Still, you could do worse.
August 11, 2011
Jason Calvin

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