Shaun of the Dead Reviews

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
October 7, 2014

It may only be April, but what we have here is pretty likely to be the British comedy of the year, its knockout final punchline planting a silly grin on your face that takes some while to fade.

Wendy Ide
Screen International
October 7, 2014

Despite the emphasis on humour, Shaun shows its zombie movie credentials with some impressively gory special effects makeup and a willingness to despatch cast members in an exceptionally gruesome fashion.

Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 7, 2014

Some scenes are too talky, too much like a sitcom, but whenever that threatens to sink the film, the zombies appear and save the day (if you see what I mean).

Chad Nelson
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 6, 2013

For everyone who likes good acting and great writing, it's a bloody fun time and a wonderful display of how parody should be done.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013

If you like Pegg and director Edgar Wright's cult Channel 4 series Spaced, you'll enjoy this deadpan blend of undergraduate humour and hardcore horror, which ransacks George A Romero's Dead saga and virtually every Italian zombie flick for inspiration.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
October 6, 2013

Pegg, who cowrote Shaun with director Edgar Wright, shows off expert timing, whacking punchlines and zombies with equal panache.

Keith Phipps
AV Club
Top Critic
October 6, 2013

Mixing horror and humor is no mean feat, but Shaun Of The Dead tightens throats in fear without making the laughs stick there in the process.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
October 6, 2013

The pasty, scruffy Pegg shows a surprising amount of range for the unlikely hero of a zombie flick.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
October 6, 2013

The movie bogs down and the humor seems to dry up, though the blood continues to well, spurt and spew.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 29, 2013

Enough of a pointed study of character that it's more than just a collection of some of the best and most ridiculous jokes in a generation.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
August 19, 2013

Smart, likeable and consistently funny, Shaun Of The Dead is one of the most popular British comedies of the last few decades, and deservedly so.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Total Film
October 9, 2012

Like Romero's best efforts, the movie is motored by a keen observational reality, cleverly twisting the characters' mundane world inch by inch until the real nightmare dawns on them.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Some funny moments, but for adults only.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 3, 2010

Pedestrian direction and script sap what anarchic fun this movie could've been

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton
Dread Central
September 11, 2009

Shaun of the Dead is not only one of the single best zombie movies ever made, but it's also as close to perfect as a film can get.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009

A modern masterpiece, this is probably altogether the funniest and scariest film I've seen in years...

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

Comedy and horror are real life partners, of course, and who better to bring all this to life in a zombie movie than the Brits?

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 26, 2008

Extremely well made but only sporadically engaging...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Campbell
October 27, 2007

I think the movie is one of the most hilarious I've ever seen ... But the symbolism and depth of the movie make me appreciate it as a masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 22, 2007

In this most apocalyptic of genres, Shaun of the Dead is not unlike a ray of unexpected sunshine - even if it has a little red on it.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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