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Fido (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 21

Making the most of its thin premise, Fido is an occasionally touching satire that provides big laughs and enough blood and guts to please gorehounds.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 8

Making the most of its thin premise, Fido is an occasionally touching satire that provides big laughs and enough blood and guts to please gorehounds.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 48,883

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Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the '50s, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers,

Oct 23, 2007

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (21) | DVD (9)

This indie exercise is so stultifying you might want to check your own pulse.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's a one-gag movie that starts off clever and cute, but wears thin after half an hour, and ultimately is like an excruciating Enzyte commercial for an hour and a half.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The movie's breezy, blood-flecked entertainment, with no aim other than to give you a giggle and a shriek.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Fido is a one-joke movie with some good performances and a few good gross-out moments. But it's not dark enough or sick enough to be a cult favorite.

June 18, 2007 | Comment (1)
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A zombie comedy that feels late to the bloody punch bowl. Yet the real hindrance here isn't bad timing, but the movie's tiresomely chirpy 1950s Father Knows Best setting, which wears out its welcome in seconds.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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In the ticklishly amusing satire Fido, the undead stagger along like stunned toddlers.

June 15, 2007
New York Times
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Andrew Currie's script incisively observes how taboo preferences have become policies in the reality "Fido" creates. Macabre and satirical with the brash brio of all great zombie movies, "Fido" understands that the true ghouls' hearts are still beating.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Surprisingly gentle in most of its humor and its gore quotient, making you wonder who exactly it was aimed at.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fido finds a new wrinkle in the nearly exhausted zombie genre.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

This set-up sounds like an amusing premise for a mild little low-budget spoof, but Fido is much more than that: it's a full-blown social satire with zombies at its center.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

The filmmakers get darkly amusing mileage out of the notion of tamed zombies in suburbian servitude

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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April 9, 2008

Cute and witty, if a bit too dependent on its delightfully goofy storyline gimmick.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Fido is a fetching comedy with tongue-in-cheek social commentary and a quick wit.

October 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

One senses that zombie film kingpin George A. Romero, who satirized consumerism in "Dawn of the Dead," would smile like a proud papa if he saw it.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Starts with an excellent idea, but doesn't carry it far enough

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

If this movie's concept appeals to you at all, I urge you to reward the filmmakers by seeing in the theatre if at all possible. It's so small but so special. For you zombie fans, it's a great dessert after all the carnage, but it still delivers what we

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Fido's humor comes from the clash of genres: bright cheery Americana butting up against the death and destruction of zombie horror.

July 14, 2007
KPBS.org

Funny films have been in short supply lately. Don't miss this one.

July 7, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It's beautifully filmed (in the saturated primary colors of 1950s-style Technicolor), and it features a performance by the veteran Scottish actor Billy Connolly that's a small marvel of comic resourcefulness.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: MTV

[Director Currie] never lets the commentary overwhelm the humor, and the echoes of Douglas Sirk melodramas and Lassie movies just add to the fun.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This spoof of 1950s attitudes is also a witty commentary on 21st-century issues such as homeland security and illegal immigration.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Boasts a premise that might make for an amusing Far Side panel -- '50s suburbia with zombie servants -- and... doesn't do much else with it, actually.

July 4, 2007 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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December 24, 2013
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I can't help but think that the poster puts off people, it's a little misleading. It's been on my radar for some time now but only because I was curious to see what Billy Connolly looked like as a Zombie. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised, Fido exceeded my expectations enormously. It's originality within the genres is commendable, it's a zombie film that is nothing like a zombie film but isn't a cheap shot comedy either. It asks whimsical social questions, turns things around and looks at things from another angle. The pleasant looking but often deeply disturbing 1950's wholesome little town was a perfect setting. I don't think anyone tried too hard to make a statement here but I think there is an element of serendipity at work, at the very least they've made an uniquely funny film that deserves a little more love. Sack the Post-production team!
March 14, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Very funny and somewhat original zombie movie. Really enjoyed it and what a surprise, an original and entertaining movie that has nothing to do with the Hollywood crap conveyor.
June 5, 2012
stuartb1234

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    1. Bill Robinson: Flesh eating maniacs need not apply!!
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