Shaun of the Dead Reviews

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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 6, 2013
The pasty, scruffy Pegg shows a surprising amount of range for the unlikely hero of a zombie flick.
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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
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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The cast make a cosy fit, the patter is still sitcom snappy, but Wright also has the visual snap to carry this saga of backyard apocalypse.
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Devin Gordon
Newsweek
October 19, 2004
The zombie-movie genre already has some wink-wink funny entries, but this U.K. smash hit, written by Pegg and Wright, takes the prize. It's a bloody hoot.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 6, 2004
For those who don't mind a little laughter with their zombies (or perhaps it should be the other way around), this is an unusual source of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 24, 2004
Wonderfully original, fast-moving and funny.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 24, 2004
If the zombie genre steadfastly refuses to die, we can be grateful to Shaun of the Dead for breathing fresh, diverting life into the form, with subtle visual humor and a smart, impish sense of fun.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 24, 2004
Plays brilliantly with our familiarity with zombie genre (yes, I actually said that) convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 24, 2004
A wonderfully funny spoof of zombie movies ... and of the kind of life that can turn a man into the walking dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 24, 2004
Transforms the unintentional camp of the zombie subgenre into full-on, hilarious comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2004
Zombies or no zombies, this is the funniest film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 24, 2004
It's a dead man's party driven by inspired sight gags, witty repartee and likable, dare we say, cuddly characters.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 24, 2004
A drop-dead-funny comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 24, 2004
The movie's great joke never wears out its welcome: Many of the living are virtually indistinguishable from the undead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2004
It's a grisly but sweet ode to friendship, love and the George Romero zombie trilogy.
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2004
It's intelligent, funny and utterly disgusting all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 24, 2004
Cheeky and unexpectedly charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 24, 2004
Has its pleasures, which are mild but real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 24, 2004
A British zombie flick that works not because of the crowds of undead, but because the guy trying to exterminate them was himself running out of reasons to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 24, 2004
Witty, energetic and appropriately self-mocking, cheesy fun.
| Original Score: B
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 24, 2004
Spiced with a healthy supply of jokes and enough gross-out gags to keep youthful audiences gagging happily.
| Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 23, 2004
By treating the genre as a joke, this satire, whose title plays off George A. Romero's 1979 golden oldie, Dawn of the Dead, yields ironic dramatic dividends.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 23, 2004
This movie is destined for cult greatness. See it now and you can say -- honestly, for once -- that you were there in the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 23, 2004
Zombie movies have been spoofed before, but this one lurches to the top of the list on the strength of its twisted British wit and oh-so-clever mix of laughs and horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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September 23, 2004
I love George Romero's zombie pictures, and I love deadpan English humor, but I had no idea that the two would mesh as happily as they (mostly) do in Shaun of the Dead.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 23, 2004
Its secret is the same one that keeps us interested in the better examples of the movies it pillories: The writers, director and actors make us care about Shaun and his friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 23, 2004
Members of the cast, most of whom hail from British TV sitcoms, have crackerjack comedic timing, and their characters have been written so well you'd watch them with or without zombies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 23, 2004
Screamingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 23, 2004
There is gore aplenty for those who like to look at it, and a bounty of winking jokes for those who would prefer to laugh at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 23, 2004
Makes the best use of zombies since Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 23, 2004
The filmmakers, clearly fans of the genre, have got the zom and the com parts down cold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 23, 2004
Playing the stereotypical twentysomething everyman, Pegg has a disarming fragility that evokes a bit of empathy from anyone ever stuck in a rut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 22, 2004
The biggest surprise (and asset) here is Pegg, who imbues the slightly daft Shaun with a good nature and bigger heart, providing the film with a central figure you actually care about.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 21, 2004
A smart, cultish, semi-disgusting homage to the fine British art of not bothering.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 21, 2004
Taken on its own shaky legs it's a wittier genre coda than Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 3, 2004
Though I prefer the hard-core zombie scares of Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, Pegg and Wright -- who are rumored to resemble a real-life Shaun and Ed -- keep the blood and the laughs gushing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2004
There are certainly touches that only the homegrown crowd will get, but there's sufficient energy and scattershot horror movie references that it should please fans of gross-out humor everywhere.
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 11, 2004
Co-scripters Pegg and Wright structure it as a classic three-acter (set-up, journey, finale) with enough twists, character development and small set pieces to keep the comedy boiling.