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Diary of the Dead (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 49

As Diary of the Dead proves, time hasn't subdued George A. Romero's affection for mixing politics with gore, nor has it given him cinematic grace or subtlety.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 11

As Diary of the Dead proves, time hasn't subdued George A. Romero's affection for mixing politics with gore, nor has it given him cinematic grace or subtlety.

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Horror icon George A. Romero effectively hits the "reset" button on his hugely influential Dead series with this scaled-back look at the zombie apocalypse as told from the perspective of a student filmmaker who sets out to shoot a low-budget fright film, but instead captures the breakdown of modern society at the decaying hands of flesh-eating ghouls. Jason Creed (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when media reports begin pouring in about the dead

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

George A. Romero

May 20, 2008

$0.7M

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All Critics (132) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (49) | DVD (12)

We want to high-five Romero for finding new ways to off his lifeless marauders.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Not only the most satisfying motion picture Romero has made in a long while, but one of the best of his career.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (2)
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It's clever, or at least clever enough to keep you going and interested from start to finish. It just isn't scary.

April 14, 2008
New York Times
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Like the recent 'Cloverfield', Romero uses the kinetic immediacy of digital video shot on-the-run, but in a more sophisticated and disturbing way.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's a shame to speak ill of the dead, but Romero leaves us no alternative.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Hardly top-drawer Romero. In fact, it may be his worst zombie film yet. But even bad Romero is a far sight more interesting than the coolly sadistic guts-porn that currently passes for mainstream horror.

February 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate
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Not the best but certainly far from the worst of Romero's series of accounts of an epidemic of dead people coming to life to eat the living.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

In Romero's apocalypse, the brutish and soulless hold sway, and that's just the humans.

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

Trenchantly implicates the media into the ongoing apocalypse that in previous Dead chapters already included family, capitalism, the military, class divides

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A sly but low-level zombie movie for the YouTube crowd.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's rough around the edges, dirty in the middle, and stained through with a sort of nihilistic humanism that ultimately unsettles more than the lurching undead themselves.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

For Romero, someone who still retains respect and admiration for previous work, Diary of the Dead points to the realization that it is time to close the door on zombie movies and move to other horror subjects.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International | Comments (2)
Screen International

Once again the master of the independent genre film manages to bring something fresh and worthy to the table.

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

I hate to say this -- partly because I don't want it to be true and partly because it's such a terrible pun -- but could the zombie movie finally be dead?

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Everything that CLOVERFIELD did right, this does wrong.

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comments (5)
Sin Magazine

Diary of the Dead, even for zombie diehards like my little group (we watched Shadow: Dead Riot, for pete's sake), was not very good at all. I mourn.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comment (1)

O pior dos "filmes de zumbis" comandados por Romero, expõe a falta de sintonia do cineaste com a linguagem moderna, empalidecendo especialmente ao ser comparado com esforços similares como Cloverfield e, particularmente, o espanhol [REC].

July 10, 2008 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

Overall, a welcome addition to the living dead cycle.

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

If you didn't know that Romero himself directed this film, you would think it had been fashioned by some brilliant young wunderkind director, reared on Romero's work and eager to stake out his own claim to the territory.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Probably the best zombie movie since 1978's 'Dawn of the Dead.'

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Diary of the Dead Bites the Hand that Feeds Us

May 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

The fifth installment of Romero's zombie series is dark, creepy and funny.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

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May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The combination of horror, humor, and mockumentary works well in this movie.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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Audience Reviews for Diary of the Dead

At first this seems like a good idea, looking at the role of the media in global events - in this case, a zombie invasion. It raises questions of voyeurism, ethics and the cowardice of the camera man, how putting yourself behind the camera somehow puts you in a position of no responsibility. It also raises the points on the good uses of social networks. Unfortunately, because it's trying to be so clever all the time it forgets to be good, scary and believable. Non of the actors can act and none of the zombies are scary. It tried to put a modern twist to the horror genres and even picks fault with certain over used formulas but still reverts to copying from them. I huge disappointment and by far the worst of Romero's Zombie saga.
December 18, 2012
SirPant

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Romero's 'Diary of The Dead' has become his first independent film for years. Personally, it deserves a bit more recognition that what its currently given. Romero still gives some political representation, but not as gripping or obvious. This time the message is; don't believe everything on TV, the truth is more horrific, but everyone deserves it. It sadly doesn't reach the gore levels like Romero's previous films. However, this is still worth a try for any zombie, horror or hardcore Romero fans.
July 2, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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A group of film students attempt to document the descent of society into chaos as the dead begin to rise again and feast on the living. I had a creeping dread of this film because I had the horrible feeling it would just be The Blair Zombie Project, particularly after witnessing the shapeless waste of an hour and a half that was Cloverfield, but the latest in George Romero's "dead" series actually works reasonably well. The use of multiple cameras intercut with faux internet footage and closed circuit TV gives rather more scope for dramatic momentum than the usual sole first person perspective and the mockumentary approach gives the film the kind of structure woefully lacking in Cloverfield. Unfortunately it still suffers from the unavoidable weakness of this sub-genre. The acting is ropey and dialogue weak for the sake of "realism", despite the fact that somebody constantly filming while all these horrific events are happening to them is of course inherently unrealistic. But as a whole it's rather more intelligent than other offerings of this type, providing a little social commentary and sly digs at the media and the public's obsession with same. It's more a collection of decent moments than a credible and coherent story, but still probably the best example of this kind of thing I've seen and an adequate addition to the franchise.
June 13, 2012
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As of now, one of the main types of horror films that are taking reign as being the main ones made are the 'Found Footage' genre. In case you do not know, found footage is a genre that is a horror film that is filmed like a documentary on a certain event; characterized by shaky cameras. Examples include Cannibal Holocaust, The Blair Witch Project, and Rec/ Quarantine. Diary Of The Dead is George A. Romero's take on this genre with his famous zombies and what is created is a film that is not terribly smart, but entertaining to say the least with a great political backdrop like most of his films have. Now, the direction of this film, as I have said, is different than the other films in the '... Of The Dead" franchise. With the use of shaky cameras, it gives more chances for scares that, in some ways, actually work and become effective. With the production quality, the only thing that really has improved are the gore effects which there are plenty of (as you can tell, it is not best to watch this if you hate gore). Some times it looks cartoonish and at times it looks good. So, that is a mix bag. Now we have the characters that try to survive this entire ordeal. For the most part, the actors were one dimensional with constant arguments over filming this epidemic and, to be honest, that did take away from the film a bit. The score for this film, unlike most recent horror films, actually works with creating the suspense with the film. There were a couple times here and there that I think it should have been different, but it is not that much to complain about. Now, finally, how good the allegory for this story was. Like with all of Romero's zombie films, there is an underlining message. Here it has to deal with people's usage of the internet and how dependent we are. The use of this allegory, and how it works with the zombies, I feel got the point across, but I doubt most others will get it. So, overall, my main opinion is this: to the general audience, this will be a rather unintelligent but fun zombie film to watch, but try looking for the underlining themes and understand what is really being said. A little fun fact: look for the cameos of Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Wes Craven, and George A. Romero!
May 29, 2011
Zach Brehany

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