Shaun of the Dead Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
September 27, 2004

...the second half of the film is just a standard horror movie showdown with a few mildly amusing gags.

Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com
September 10, 2004

Shaun of the Dead's splattering of scatological jokes and goofy gruesomeness never fully congeals.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 22, 2004

Shaun of the Dead is either a zombie flick masking as a comedy, or a comedy masking as a zombie flick, or Beautiful Girls masking as a zombie comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 21, 2004

The amusing but inconsistent Shaun of the Dead is a marriage made in hell.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
October 10, 2004

[T]the inevitable switch to romance taints the irony that came before like backwash.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 23, 2005

Silly drop-dead sight gags that don't seem to work as well as intended but, nevertheless, offer some humor.

Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
October 25, 2004

If ever a movie screamed "wait for the video" this is it!

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
September 24, 2004

The main problem is that Shaun feels like a high-budget, season-ending, extended-length TV episode. Once the situation itself is milked for laughs, the film falls flat.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
September 24, 2004

George Romero's zombie trilogy has generated an endless parade of remakes and rip-offs, but this clever British spoof comes closer than many to the bitter satire that makes his movies so distinctive.

Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
September 27, 2004

Shaun of the Dead isn't as funny as it's purporting to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
April 23, 2004

Desperate, dull and enough to have Romero's zombies spinning in their graves. Well, more than usual, anyway.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 2, 2004

Ineffective as satire, comedy, and horror.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 5, 2004

A well executed one-joke movie. But, even it's a good joke, it's only one joke.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
September 23, 2004

While there are laughs and inspired moments, the comedic aspect almost disappears at the height of the movie, in favour of the goriest events I can remember in recent cinema.

Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 24, 2004

It may want to be, as the British might say, a bloody riot, but in fact it seems to suffer from a case of comedic anemia.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
J. Johnson
Christian Science Monitor
April 9, 2004

The film offers homage to zombie films with a Pythonesque lilt.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wooley
Tulsa World
September 26, 2004

Amid all the blood and gore -- and laughs -- Shaun also has something to say.

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
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