Shaun of the Dead - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Shaun of the Dead Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 27, 2004
...the second half of the film is just a standard horror movie showdown with a few mildly amusing gags.
Nick Schager
September 10, 2004
Shaun of the Dead's splattering of scatological jokes and goofy gruesomeness never fully congeals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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
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
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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