White Zombie Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 29, 2013
It leads the viewer inside a fairy tale, not a slaughterhouse; it's expressionistic, not extreme. It affirms the power of the gesture, the shadow, the shudder. In other words: Who needs blood-red cannibalism when you've got a black-and-white Bela Lugosi?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 24, 2013
The divinely satanic-looking Bela Lugosi sinks his teeth into his best role since Dracula, a languorous hypnotist and voodoo master who dominates the film with his assured bearing and cruel control.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 23, 2013
The supporting cast is awful and the low budget dictates a few moments worthy of MST3K ribbing. But the atmosphere of dread is pungent, the use of sound is inspired, and the makeup by the great Jack Pierce and Carl Axcelle is minimal but effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
February 13, 2013
Occasional Ed Wood-like campiness notwithstanding, it established a genre that would rise from the grave whenever the economic state of the cinema age might summon it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 18, 2011
Shines through its own failings; but how much better it would be if it didn't have to, if this minor horror classic were instead an all-time genre masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 15, 2007
Through its own ravishing simplicity, the film achieves the near-operatic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 27, 2006
I believe it's the first Hollywood production to feature zombies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
June 12, 2005
Eerie horror classic features Lugosi as zombie leader.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 24, 2003
In the end, though, it's Lugosi's zombie master that pulls it altogether and makes it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
January 6, 2003
It's Bela. It's a classic. Unfortunately, it's also a dreadful little flick.
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 8, 2002
An entrancing and spooky masterpiece of sorts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: A-
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
New Times
May 29, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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