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Quarantine Reviews

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November 21, 2008
Just like its forebear, this is bluntly effective exercise in first-person horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
November 21, 2008
Quarantine is a lucrative steal by Dowdle. The Spanish original is arguably the best vérité fright movie since The Blair Witch Project. The American version is not quite in the same league.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Xan Brooks
November 21, 2008
Good news for those who missed the Spanish zombie horror [REC] when it opened here a few months back. Here comes the inevitable fast-tracked Hollywood remake, which covers the same ground without the burden of all those subtitled hysterics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 21, 2008
What director John Erick Dowdie has done is veer away from the supernatural atmosphere of the Spanish version and ramped up the bloodletting - it's more gory than ghostly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
November 21, 2008
Despite tweaking the format, Quarantine successfully replicates the claustrophobic tension of [REC] and cranks up the sudden eruptions of frenzied violence, making it as much of a white-knuckle terror ride as it was the first time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 21, 2008
The downside is that for the final half-hour the camera shakes so badly I started suffering from motion sickness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mirror (UK)
November 21, 2008
I raved about the oddly-titled Spanish horror [Rec], saying it turned the terror up to 10. Now, as night follows day, it's time for a Hollywood remake - and the result isn't half bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

The Sun (UK)
November 21, 2008
If you didn't catch REC fever first time round, let yourself get bitten by Quarantine. Such brilliance is an isolated incident in modern scary movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 21, 2008
The Spanish did it all a little better but Carpenter rivals her European counterpart in hollering blue murder.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
November 21, 2008
Quarantine is a well-acted, competent remake that doesn't betray the original, though it's somehow less scary and slightly longer than it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 20, 2008
Jennifer Carpenter is terrific as the news reporter who gets swallowed up in her own story, and leads an excellent cast, all of whom bring a veracity to this remake in the hands of the talented Dowdle brothers
Victor Olliver
November 20, 2008
Unlike so many other jerky camera horrors, and even zombie film shockers, Quarantine escalates the tension with a perfect sense of fearful exploitation. One of the best chillers of 08.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
October 31, 2008
What's a smart, well-crafted horror movie like Quarantine doing in today's marketplace?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Mendelson
Film Threat
October 29, 2008
Quarantine is worth seeing for its solid first two acts, some terrific acting by some favorite character actors, and a several solid spook-show scares.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 24, 2008
Despite the Cronenbergian themes, the film is relentless and singleminded: It just wants to scare you, and it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 23, 2008
Good Halloween-type fun for the fans of adult thrillers, 'Quarantine' is a cleverly done scare flickt aht will keep you wondering who's going to get it next.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 18, 2008
My suggestion is to see the original first and then skip this one altogether...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Gonsalves
October 18, 2008
A rote reproduction of a more effective film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 17, 2008
Visually, this one mirrors Cloverfield right down to the dropped camera left to record what happens when the humans in the vicinity have been, uh, quarantined.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
Even those who despise remakes will have to admit that director John Erick Dowdle's furious retread is scary as hell.
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