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Warm Bodies (2013)



Critic Consensus: Warm Bodies offers a sweet, well-acted spin on a genre that all too often lives down to its brain-dead protagonists.

Movie Info

A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human - setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. (c) Summitmore
Rating: PG-13 (for zombie violence and some language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Levine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2013
Box Office: $66.4M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Vincent Leclerc
as Perry's Dad
Billie Calmeau
as Girl at Airport
Adam Driscoll
as Young Man at ATM
Chris Cavener
as Soldier #2
Alec Bourgeois
as Perry (11 years old)
Josee Laviolette
as Female Corpse on Tar...
Zavier Vaillancourt
as Perry (6 years old)
John Topor
as TSA Zombie
Aaron Janke
as Soldier #3
Ayisha Issa
as Athletic Woman
Serge Cambronne
as Soldier #4
Debbie Wong
as Laughing Girl
Bineyam Girma
as Sunset Corpse
Brent Skagford
as Baseball Corpse
Arthur Holden
as Zombie Patient
Raphael Grosz-Harvey
as Plague Corpse
Christian Paul
as Stadium Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Warm Bodies

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (38)

It's not gruesome enough to please genre fans, but not nearly funny enough to be a comedy either. It tries to be a mixture of both and fails.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A muddled teenpic.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a love story, done with charm, humor, and tenderness.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

I liked it better than Zombieland, if you're lookimg for something in a similar wheelhouse.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

To truly appreciate this zombie Romeo & Juliet you either go all the way with it or not at all.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Windy City Times

It's a toss-up which genre more needs the adrenaline boost Warm Bodies provides: the zombie movie or the romantic comedy.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for Warm Bodies

Another zombie flick, oh...great, but wait! this one is different, its about a zombie falling in love with a female who's still alive...wait what? Yes that's right the zombie in this flick is the undead hero and goes after a young girl saving her life. He then goes about looking after her and trying to woo her for her affections, yeah it does sound kinda sick doesn't it.

OK so the plot is pretty unique I give it that, its original to see a zombie flick from the zombies point of view. This still doesn't alter the fact its an incredibly silly idea and amazes me it actually got the green light. The start of the film is actually quite good as we see zombie life, the kinda things we all know from zombie horror flicks of the past here presented in a mundane way, daily undead routines. Its got a nice quirky light feel to it, a horror comedy that really got me hooked I must admit.

Things do get a bit daft as the zombies try to communicate, as narrated by our hero zombie, we hear his thoughts throughout. Its at this point you're thinking this is why no one has done this before, its ridiculous. The film goes up a gear of course once our zombie meets his girl and sweeps her off her feet. Its also the start of many many plot and idea issues. Not that I'm surprised seeing the content of the film, you know not to expect a completely coherent storyline.

Why do the zombies seem to shuffle along yet in flashbacks they run? why do bonies run so well? why do bonies all look exactly the same? why do bullet hits anywhere kill bonies yet zombies need one in the head? how do the zombie masses manage to recover/come back to life? we know it was some kind of biological/viral outbreak that has killed everyone and turned them into zombies. But how would the body recover from this when its been clinically dead for a long period of time? decaying, no heartbeat.

Its funny how the zombies are suppose to be completely brain dead (including our hero) yet still manage to speak, think, act etc...At the start when the girl is taken by our hero zombie she can escape at anytime quite easily. All she has to do is run off because the zombies only shuffle around, plus she accepts so easily that she's been captured. Anyone else would have smashed his brains out at the first chance they got, and she gets many. Also why did the other zombies believe she was dead? just because he smeared a tiny bit of zombie blood on her face?? really?

I could go on but I won't simply because its a very easy film to pick apart, but its not suppose to be a thinker. Its a silly zombie flick with a twist and leaning towards comedy, I won't say romance because its just too stupid. Yes the inevitable comparison to 'Twilight' lingers in the air but its not really like that, yes our hero zombie is an Edward type of character with lots of pretty blue eye close ups but he doesn't sparkle. The female 'love' interest is not like Bella either, its not that sappy thank god, although she does kiss him whilst he's still undead (seconds before he is revived), so is that soft core necrophilia?

Nicely original apart from the whole zombie apocalypse/last remaining humans in barricaded city stuff, and I liked the undead bonie zombies. Its not overly funny nor is it overly slushy and wet, its not scary but its not for kids either, it hangs somewhere in between. Had this been a tad more adult, had a bit more dark gallows humour, it could of been in the same league as 'An American Werewolf', but it holds its own.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


There have been a lot of zombie shows recently and it would be understandable for people to be tired of the trope by now. This film freshens up things by introducing zombies that are self aware and maybe not entirely gone yet. It finds just the right balance of humor and suspense, being light-hearted while things are still at stake. That makes for a quite charming and entertaining take on the genre. The soundtrack is pretty great, too.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I only watched 30 minutes of this movie and it was enough to think that this is the worst movie ever made. I don't understand how someone like Jonathan Levine made in 2011 on of the best movies I've ever saw (50/50) and two years later he came up with this piece of crap. A film so inconsistent and full of nonsense, really..... do you really think a zombie could have feelings???? This movie shows zombies like a bunch of pussies. Zombies don't sleep, zombies don't dream and specially zombies don't talk. At least I didn't pay to see this on theatres (watched it on tv) but what I really lost is and hour and a half of my life. To conclude, this movie is a stupid waste of time

Jose Zamudio

Super Reviewer

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