Resident Evil - Apocalypse Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The heart plummets at the prospects for a follow-up.
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
September 17, 2004
Is it utopian to expect better of the next first-person shooter that comes to the screen?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
September 16, 2004
The undead are back to stumbling in the dark, sometimes even in blurry slo-mo, making the many packs of them about as terrifying as the mobs waiting for Matt and Katie outside the Today studio.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2004
This is efficient, soul-numbing moviemaking, diverting enough for blistering September afternoons when what's onscreen is secondary to how high they've cranked the air conditioning.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
September 14, 2004
Obviously padded, too long on action, and painfully short on irony.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 14, 2004
Resident Evil: Apocalypse accomplishes the odd feat of having several things going on at once yet never being terribly exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 13, 2004
... dreadful piece of work.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 10, 2004
Monstrous zombies rampage through a peaceful metropolis. Carnage is everywhere. Still, one can't help but yawn one's way through Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 10, 2004
It's junk, but it's fun junk, and its target audience won't be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 10, 2004
Almost nothing in the movie seems original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 10, 2004
Even for one interested in bio-horror, RE:A is pretty generic stuff.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 10, 2004
Not good or even competent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 10, 2004
Unlike the Lara Croft films -- which at least infused their software female with a certain feminism -- Resident Evil: Apocalypse is content to stick to big guns and basics.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 10, 2004
There is nothing startlingly new in Resident Evil: Apocalpyse, but it is delivered with some panache and humor.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
September 10, 2004
Should please the target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 10, 2004
There is no acting or character development here -- just shouting, shooting and calisthenics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 10, 2004
It is, admittedly, pure trash. But it's trash with a bit of flash and a resonant bad science message.
| Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 10, 2004
Resident Evil: Apocalypse may offer a few cheap thrills, but the question remains: Why let some hack filmmaker control the action when you can stay home and play the video game yourself?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 10, 2004
A film without interest, wit, imagination or even entertaining violence and special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 10, 2004
Like so many movies with a keypad for a brain, Resident Evil: Apocalypse is another exercise in making us feel the irritation associated with having to stand behind some game hack for our turn to play.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2004
Witt injects the film with plenty of razzle-dazzle on the visual side, but the pace deadens whenever the zombies are offscreen or the characters open their mouths long enough to do anything more than grunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
September 9, 2004
Plot and narrative? Minimal. Confrontations? Endless. Surprises? None.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 9, 2004
No one looking for nonstop violence, galloping gore, end-of- days-style hysteria or dogs slathered in barbecue sauce will come away disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
September 9, 2004
If you are in the mood for leggy heroines blasting down zombie armies with absurdly large automatic weapons, the sequel to Resident Evil gives very good value for the money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
September 9, 2004
For a brand-new movie, it feels very dated.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Scott Foundas
Variety
September 9, 2004
Calamitously uninspired and borderline incoherent.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 9, 2004
If creative bankruptcy was legally actionable, this film would be in Chapter 11.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2004
A frantic piece of filmmaking that invests nothing in the characters and moves much too fast for its own good.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 9, 2004
As video game movies go, this one contains less plot and character development than Pac-Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4