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World War Z (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 250
Fresh: 169 | Rotten: 81

It's uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 15

It's uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre.

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The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. (C) Paramount

Sep 17, 2013

$202.4M

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All Critics (251) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (169) | Rotten (81) | DVD (2)

[A] lousy, ugly-looking, intensely illogical movie.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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As both thrilling spectacle and escapist summer entertainment, World War Z is enormously effective, with Brad Pitt at the center hopscotching the globe in search of the origin of a zombie apocalypse.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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Pitt conducts himself manfully throughout the proceedings -- he is never less than believable while facing off against this pandemic -- but if I never see another zombie in the movies, I will not feel deprived.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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If you need proof that sometimes more can be less, here you go.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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As compelling as Pitt is at reflecting the world's pain through Lane's eyes, the movie treats him too often as if he truly is the only one with loved ones to lose or a world to save.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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World War Z hits the blockbuster equivalent of a delicate balance: gargantuan spectacle with a human touch.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register
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World War Z is far from perfect, but Marc Forster generates enough tension to compensate.

August 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

The film works mainly on the performances of Pitt, and a strong ensemble cast that lend some credibility to a somewhat disjointed script.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

World War Z is a string of unrelenting, harrowing sequences that continually manage to top one another.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) did so much more with less nearly a decade ago.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

There are two distinct films here and both are successful on their own terms, but more gritty survivalist story over world-spanning question resolution would have been preferable.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

That it never quite coheres is the point.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Action-heavy zombie movie shows traces of smarts

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Despite all appearances, World War Z isn't really a zombie movie. It's a disaster movie, one in which the agent of apocalypse just happens to be walking (and running) human corpses, rather than glaciers or a meteor strike.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

World War Z is a surprisingly entertaining, yet slightly generic zombie picture that shows promising scope and globe-trotting action, but suffers from too many genre cliches.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

I always hate the shaky camera style but I think Marc Forster is better at it than Paul Greengrass. It's his editing... I guess I just speak Forster.

September 17, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

...a sporadically passable yet terminally misguided blockbuster that squanders its promising setup...

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... the definitive zombie film for people who don't like zombie films yet want to say they liked one.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

The ultimate strength of World War Z is its ability to consistently create ticking-clock situations for its characters after laying out very specific parameters.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

Carried by Pitt's performance, "World War Z" is a sometimes intense story of the rise of the undead.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

Despite speculation predicting an on-screen disaster, this is a rather thrilling and fun big-budget zombie film let down by the re-shot finale.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

World War Z is often suspenseful and exciting even in the midst of clashing cinematic styles that were often incongruous but somehow come together eventually.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

The film doesn't hold together in any rational way, but it still has a lingering emotional power.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

... Somehow ends up being an effective action-thriller.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for World War Z

There is so much wrong with this adaptation of the Max Brooks penned book, but that's an entirely different review. I just want to address what I dislike about this particular film and all its shortcomings. What bothers me most about this film is that without the association of the bestselling book, this film wouldn't be paid any mind. It's sloppy, especially when it comes to the CGI wall of zombies, which is over-simplistic and an obvious McGuffin, as are many contrived plot devices that spur forth the plot. The only similarity to the source material is the use of multiple countries, which is so obviously forced to accommodate the change in script. Brad Pitt (who is just playing himself) is given Christ-like status as he is the only one who can travel around the world, not get infected, save the life of an Israeli soldier, and find a solution to the virus. Instead of detailing the worldwide economic, political, and military interventions of a zombie war, this film just follows one inept guy as he lucks out again and again against the zombie foe. The ending is the most infuriating aspect, as it leaves everything on an ambiguous note, even though the entire film follows the one person who can supposedly save the world, and he does. Turning a book about the real world impact of a zombie apocalypse into a point and click adventure starring Brad Pitt means you cannot finagle an up in the air ending to seem deep. Either they should have streamlined it further in order for it to be another zombie film, or the book should never have been adapted, which would have made everyone happy in the first place.
July 29, 2014
FrizzDrop

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Surprised to see Brad Pitt stop the zombie plague half naked in a hotel room with nothing but a cowboy hat and a blow dryer.
June 22, 2014
Godless

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I love me some good ol' zombie apocalypse movie.
December 25, 2013
Raajay

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I got the book and I even got it signed by the author Max Brooks. Mr Brooks is a great guy, I resisted the urge to ask for stories about his parents and stuck to talking about Zombies. He knows his stuff! His book The Zombie Survival Guide is proof. So here comes my confession; I watched the film without reading the book. I have broken my own rule and I am disgusted with myself. To be honest, when talking to Mr Brooks about the film he admitted that he had not watched the film yet and had little to no input in its production which makes me wonder whether they are alike at all. I'll have to read the book *slaps self in face*. Anyway, I like the film very much. It's a reinvention of the genres, that is, a reinvention of the Zombie itself. The characteristics are the same but the method in which they are portrayed has been deconstructed. All cliches are gone and anything vaguely similar is handled differently. George A. Romero's Zombie films are all about symbolism, each episode centering on one of mankind's biggest questions. World War Z centers more on the idea of bacteria, the spread of disease, the idea of working together, unity in the face of adversity, war, etc. I'm not saying George A. Romero's films aren't intelligent but World War Z is more about intelligent design rather than philosophic symbolism. The idea of the Zombies being full of rage and running rather than walking is nothing new but the idea of them working as a unit kind of is. I immediately thought of them as worker ants which I can't say I've ever seen them as before. An intelligent Block-buster, now that is a nice change!
November 26, 2013
SirPant

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    1. Gerry Lane: Movement is life.
    2. Gerry Lane: You have a better chance if you come with us.
    – Submitted by Peter A (8 months ago)
    1. Andrew Fassbach: Mother Nature is a serial killer . No ones better, more creative .
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (10 months ago)
    1. Karin Lane: How do you know they're coming?
    2. Gerry Lane: They're coming.
    – Submitted by James P (10 months ago)
    1. Parajumper: That's our target get us down there.
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    1. W.H.O. Doctor: He's done it!
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    1. Gerry Lane: You got a name?
    2. Segen: Segen.
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