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The Colony Reviews

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Rather than watching tough survivors taking on a deadly foe, we are watching something more akin to a low achieving mouse trying to fight off a gang of militant carpet beetles.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 11, 2014
Scott Weinberg

A collection of disparate genre parts that are presented with a noted lack of snark or irony.

Full Review Source: FEARnet

October 17, 2013
Dustin Putman

[Blu-ray Review] A pretty standard post-apocalyptic thriller, economical but unsure of what it wants to be.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2013
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Rote sci-fi dogma fails this flick well before the finish line.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 6/10

October 6, 2013
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This sci-fi thriller makes us almost feel the frosty cold in our bones, thanks to cinematographer Pierce Gill's magic touch.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 29, 2013
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Dull and formulaic, it's yet another wannabe post-apocalyptic thriller.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 4/10

September 24, 2013
Dennis Harvey
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A zombie by any other name is still a zombie in this utterly routine horror pic.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 23, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A small-scale science-fiction horror story full of big, troubling ideas about what a new Dark Ages might look like.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 23, 2013
Bill Gibron

The Colony would definitely fit into a Saturday night viewing experience...and you don't have to scour the bottom shelf of some dingy Mom and Pop video store to find it.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2013
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Formulaic post-apocalyptic thriller...when you don't especially care who lives and who dies, all the skull-crunching action doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 20, 2013
Godfrey Cheshire

The filmmakers' aversion to any hint of storytelling originality means that the main impression "The Colony" leaves is one of almost stupefying over-familiarity.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 20, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A screaming, lunging, chomping chase movie that has nothing new to bring to a genre that just won't die.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 20, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's somewhat low-rent and thoroughly humorless - hey, the future's not funny - and, in the manner of the genre, adamantly bleak.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

September 20, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Becomes yet another run-from-the-ghouls exercise, cheapening decent work by a good cast.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 19, 2013
Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
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The film strands its archetypal characters in a featureless danger zone and gives them overly familiar dialogue borrowed from a dozen other B-movies.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Charlotte Sullivan looks really, really cute in blond dreadlocks. But she can't save the movie, nor can her impressive costars, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers, and Laurence Fishburne.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 19, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

Nothing in The Colony feels real. Not the emotions, the settings, the characters or even the cannibals.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 19, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
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Even those trapped and bored in a bunker, surrounded by frozen waste, would tire of this unoriginal sci-fi/horror hybrid.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

September 19, 2013
Brian Orndorf

Bill Paxton and Laurence Fishburne certainly add to the experience, but this is not a substantial enterprise, requiring a few extra beats of storytelling and panic to pass as a full cinematic meal.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

September 18, 2013
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

The Colony could have been something so much more, but copy-cat genre blandness instead leaves viewers out in the cold.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

September 17, 2013
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