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Land of the Dead (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 171
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 45

George A. Romero's latest entry in his much-vaunted Dead series is not as fresh as his genre-inventing original, Night of the Living Dead. But Land of the Dead does deliver on the gore and zombies-feasting-on-flesh action.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 13

George A. Romero's latest entry in his much-vaunted Dead series is not as fresh as his genre-inventing original, Night of the Living Dead. But Land of the Dead does deliver on the gore and zombies-feasting-on-flesh action.

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It has been two decades since master filmmaker GEORGE A. ROMERO's zombies have stalked the screens of motion picture theaters. For years, fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting his return.And now that day is here.An all-new chapter of horror is about to begin...George A. Romero's Land of the Dead is the acclaimed director's long-awaited return to the genre he invented, beginning with the seminal Night of the Living Dead and continuing with Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.In

Oct 18, 2005

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The movie is listless and uninspired.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Romero's fourth-grade dialogue doesn't help matters, but anyone seeking out the latest achievements in cranial ruptures, spewing-blood gouts, and ground-beef spillage need look no further.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Zombies just aren't that interesting as villains because they zombie ahead.

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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The plot held no surprises and the acting no revelations.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's fairly solid fun without breaking any new ground.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Land of the Dead not only leaves you wishing Romero and his zombies might come back to feast once more, but that they'd take their time.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Romero's zombie movies have always been about people, not zombies. That's what makes them work so well and Land of the Dead is no exception.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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Romero is back and just as good as he was then...

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

Gory sight gags and intestine eating abound in this must-see movie for fans of the horror genre.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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While it's hardly Romero's scariest achievement, it is a thrilling, disturbing commentary on a man-eat-man world that hits just close enough to home to give viewers an uncomfortable pause.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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Romero's best film in a quarter century ...

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Land of the Dead may be the baddest genre film this side of Y2K.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

With a master's control, Romero sets his characters in motion and against each other.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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a weak, if fun, appendix to Romero's excellent trilogy.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

If this does turn out to be the 65-year-old director's last foray into this territory, it's a great note to go out on.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Romero is more interested in Technicolor gore effects and in young people shooting big guns than in telling a frightening story.

August 5, 2006 Full Review
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The film has one of the best lines of the year, by Hopper, 'Zombies, man, they creep me out.'

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

Su verdadero valor subyace en lo que un genio del cine como Romero tiene que decir respecto de hacia donde nos dirigimos como humanidad. Hoy todos somos zombies.

November 25, 2005

O pai do gênero volta a realizar um ótimo exemplar ao imaginar o próximo passo na evolução de suas criaturas, aproveitando, como sempre, para fazer um sutil comentário social.

October 3, 2005
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Romero's long-awaited zombie horror flick delivers lashings of gore, violent action sequences and big dollops of heavy-handed satire in equal measure.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
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A perfectly worthy entry to close, or perhaps resuscitate, cinema's greatest zombie series.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Aaah, that familiar squelch of human flesh, as zombies get their foul fangs into body parts, or the unmistakable tearing sound of heads ripping off shoulders...

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

does not deserve to share the same glory that its vastly superior predecessors justly deserve

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Sex Gore Mutants
Sex Gore Mutants

Extremely clever social satire buried in a rip-roaring action movie that isn't afraid to get squirm-inducingly gruesome.

August 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

[P]retty swell ... George Romero is back and, in this movie, he's better than ever.

August 2, 2005 Full Review Source: MTV

Même si Romero est très loin d'avoir tourné un classique, Land of the Dead fait plaisir à voir et n'est pas en reste de ces prédécesseurs.

July 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

Audience Reviews for Land of the Dead

George Romero had been on a self-imposed hiatus before 'Land of the Dead' but he strikes back with a vengeance in this brisk fourth installment. Romero always infuses his spine-tinglers with a blast of ripe social commentary and 'Land of the Dead' explores the post-apocalyptic class system, the distraction tactics of wartime (the zombies are inordinately fond of fireworks) and the underestimation of the enemy (zombies are pawns for amusement). Some people were appalled at the learning curve of Big Daddy and his throng of followers but I thought it was a fresh and revolutionary upheaval of the status quo in these movies. We are actually engrossed in the evolutionary process of the zombie's pilgrimage to Fiddler's Green and their emergence from the silky-black water is iconic. The film contains several sublime in-jokes including the reprisal of Tom Savini's biker zombie from 'Dawn of the Dead'. As with most of Romero's walking-dead films, the characters' deaths are creatively indelible such as a zombie whose head is dangling by a lone nerve fiber and a zombie who tears out a belly-button piercing for easy access to the intestines. The jaunty undead epic 'Land of the Dead' may not be as renowned as the previous three films in the loosely connected franchise but it is by no means inferior.
October 29, 2013
Cory Taylor

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A post apocalyptic society has evolved in the wake of the zombie holocaust with the inevitable mix of haves and have nots fighting for what's left of the world's resources, little knowing that the undead are getting organized...Land Of The Dead feels the least like a Romero zombie film of the series. It actually has a lot more in common with the likes of Escape From New York or Mad Max than Night Of The Living Dead, forsaking the smart social commentary and invention of the earlier films for generic action sequences and gory effects. The C list cast certainly don't help, as all are rather bland and uninteresting as they go through the sci-fi action motions of running around shooting zombies with big guns. Fans can spot some cameos by various undead characters from the previous films and it has enough going on to stave off boredom, but as a whole it looks far more like an imitator than a bona fide instalment in the original series.
August 26, 2013
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George found himself unable to leave his zombie universe as just a trilogy. Originally he wanted to make a film for each decade, but some crap came up, and he couldn't get one in for the 90s, but ended up compensating by making this, the first of three films for the 2000s

The social commentary focuses on the have and have nots, and there's lots of post-9/11 George W. Bush kinda stuff going on. Nice. Also, the zombies have become far more advanced, which, depending on who you are, might not be cool, especially since the lead zombie tends to "emote", which, I kinda liked, but it came off as a bit silly at times.

No matter though, because he's got some actual stars in this films like Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo. Asia Argento is also in this, but she's still not quite as known to U.S. audiences. Simon Baker is also here, and this was right before he also became more well known, even if this wasn't his first film effort.

The gore is plentiful and looks awesome, and there's some nice cameos from SImon Pegg and Edgar Wright as a thank you to them for their reverent "Shaun of the Dead". Also very cool.

I liked this film, even though there are maybe about five too many jump scares. It has immediacy and relevance, but I don't see it as ever being as iconic or memorable as the first three. You should give it a shot though, because it's damn entertaining, and pretty well done.
June 27, 2013
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George A.Romero has returned from a mysterious disappearance and has delivered his latest entry into the world of the undead. This time he focuses on how the corrupted governments try to make more money and power out of a world full of fear. However, some of the undead have developed and have become smarter than ever before. The violence in 'Land of The Dead' does meet up the the originals. Instead of being like Dawn of The Dead' and being slightly comical, this new instalment choses to be more grittier and realistic. For zombie fans; the Godfather of the Dead has returned.
August 7, 2012
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    1. Kaufman: Zombies--they creep me out.
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    1. Cholo: Looks like God left the phone off the hook.
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    1. Kaufman: In a world where the dead are returning to life, the word 'trouble' loses much of its meaning.
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    1. Cholo: Takes a true friend to stab you right in the front, doesn't it?
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    1. Kaufman: In a world where the dead are returning to life, the word 'trouble' loses much of its meaning.
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