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Juan of the Dead Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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The 'Evil Dead' and Romero nods are fun, but characters appear for no reason and are bumped off without warning; there's just not enough flesh on these funny bones.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[C]learly wants to invoke motifs of revolution rocking the status quo and of how people cope under the most extreme expressions of communist... but the humor falls flat -- waaaay flat -- for anyone not Cuban, or not at least familiar with life in Cuba...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 3, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A familiar horror spoof that rather overstays its welcome.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 5, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It's probably best enjoyed while drunk.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Sure, some of the socialist humor and Cuban culture may be lost on American viewers, but the film is still a ton of fun.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

September 13, 2012
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

The story is a bit choppy from the middle to the end. But, hardcore zombie fans can be very forgiving. And, for them, "Juan of the Dead" might just be worth the time. The ending is clever and upbeat. Not too bad.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: C+

August 28, 2012
Scott Weinberg

A very broad and exceedingly splattery mash-up of horror, comedy, and mild social commentary.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 28, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Rum zombie flick blends hit-and-miss buddy comedy with slyly subversive political commentary.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood

This zombie revolucion takes aim at our funny bone and the damage done by the Castro regime.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2012
Brian Orndorf

A little too slight to fill out a feature-length run time, yet it's spunky enough to entertain and occasionally horrify, though it's not always the zombies that induce the most revulsion.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

July 19, 2012
Allan Hunter
The List

Juan of The Dead is rough and ready, the effects are a little shoddy, the comedy is broad and sometimes homophobic but there are just enough whimsical moments and deadpan hilarity to make it worthwhile.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A silly and occasionally creepy zombie movie, but one that also dares to have a brain...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

November 12, 2013
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It's good day-glo fun with a satirical edge whose playfulness never allows proceedings to get too earnest.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2012
Matthew Turner

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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As a zombie picture, Juan of the Dead is merely OK. But as a satirical comedy of life in Cuba under Castro, it totally kills - and keeps coming back for more.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2012
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

If it's not too late in the day for yet another zombie movie, this has enough small pleasures - especially in the lead characterisations - to make it a worthwhile watch for a) Cuban exiles and b) long-term zombie completists.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

This wacky zombie comedy exploits to the full this genre's juicy potential for satire: a more solemn kind of movie maybe couldn't get away with being quite as irreverent about the Castro government.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Louis Proyect

Not only is this movie funnier than "Shawn of the Dead", its obvious inspiration, it is proof that Cuba is not a totalitarian dungeon.

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April 26, 2013

Miami Herald
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Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 16, 2012
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