Diary of the Dead Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2008
We want to high-five Romero for finding new ways to off his lifeless marauders.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2008
Not only the most satisfying motion picture Romero has made in a long while, but one of the best of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 14, 2008
It's clever, or at least clever enough to keep you going and interested from start to finish. It just isn't scary.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Time Out
March 7, 2008
Like the recent 'Cloverfield', Romero uses the kinetic immediacy of digital video shot on-the-run, but in a more sophisticated and disturbing way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 6, 2008
It's a shame to speak ill of the dead, but Romero leaves us no alternative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 17, 2008
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 15, 2008
Romero turns his no-frills production into an asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 15, 2008
It's one of the least scary films that [Romero's] made -- but still entertaining, and very, very gory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 15, 2008
Even a legend's got to make a living, sure. But Diary, for all its core audience appeal, feels like a filmmaker lurching slowly down a path he's already worn out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 15, 2008
This time out, [Romero's] heavy-handed intellectual concerns get in the way of a perfectly good fright flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 15, 2008
A movie in which victims wander as aimlessly as their undead stalkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 15, 2008
It seems sacrilegious to dismiss a zombie movie by Romero, who's been blending horror and satire since 1968's Night of the Living Dead. But his latest approach feels uncomfortably behind the curve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 15, 2008
Shot on a low budget with mostly unknown actors, Diary of the Dead isn't exactly involving on a dramatic level: You really never care who lives or dies, a fatal flaw for any horror film.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2008
The movie suffers from the same malaise Romero diagnoses in society. It's just too mediated to be scary, despite its zeal for gore. You can't feel the characters' fear, and they don't seem to feel it either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 15, 2008
There are zombie movies and then there are George Romero films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 15, 2008
Full zombie satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 15, 2008
The message is muddled, but the zombie master still knows how to make a gripping, graphic, grossly funny horror flick.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 15, 2008
The way Diary of the Dead chooses to deliver its gore, you know you're in the hands of a grown-up uninterested in the excesses of the Saw or Hostel pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 15, 2008
Diary of the Dead works much better as a horror film than as social commentary. Which is no shortcoming - a good scare is a good scare, no matter what the medium in which it's delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
February 15, 2008
You may not believe in zombies, but the unnamed dread in the air of Diary of the Dead is recognizably believable, because we live with it now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 15, 2008
Moderately scary, moderately amusing, intermittently dull and obvious, Diary of the Dead is not groundbreaking, nor even ground-quaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2008
This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack. Isn't it time that we give Romero his due? It's hardly an accident that Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg and Wes Craven recognize Romero as a master. He is.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
February 14, 2008
Although the matters on Romero's mind weigh heavy, the movie he's made is anything but heavy-handed. Clocking in at a svelte 95 minutes, Diary of the Dead zips along.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 14, 2008
Though the premise requires a fair amount of indulgence, it also allows Romero to recapture the indie spirit of his landmark debut.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2008
As horror, Diary of the Dead delivers the gross-out goods, but only the gullible will confuse these ritualized shock-videogame tactics with something relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 13, 2008
You'll scream, all right -- but not from fright.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
February 12, 2008
The devil's in the details, and Diary is diabolically resourceful within its circumscribed framework.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 11, 2008
There's enough social commentary (and innovative splatter) to acidulate the brew -- to remind you that Romero, even behind the curve, makes other genre filmmakers look like fraidy-cats.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
September 18, 2007
Gore's godfather audaciously and successfully reboots his incalculably influential zombie franchise as a lean, mean teen-survival machine.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2007
This Living Dead exercise delivers far less monstrosity and a great deal of pomposity, not to mention dull characters who aren't nearly as lively as those dead guys.