28 Days Later Reviews

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 30, 2014
The best purely British horror/science-fiction film in decades. And the first great apocalypse movie of the new millennium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
September 30, 2014
Boyle is perfect for the job because he's not big on reassurance; by taking the radical step of letting the movie's low-budget grime get under your skin, he gives the zombie picture new life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 30, 2014
It's an efficient reminder that science-fiction filmmaking doesn't necessarily have to be swamped by special effects, that the best of it comes in tweaking the familiar just enough to turn it fantastical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 6, 2013
The movie's craft makes the dread of a killer virus contagious: viewers may feel they have come down with a case of secondhand SARS or sympathetic monkeypox.
Allan Hunter
Screen International
October 6, 2013
The end result still lacks a coherent sense of what the film is trying to achieve.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 6, 2013
Heedlessly derivative though it may be, 28 Days Later does what it sets out to do and then some -- scare us out of our wits, then get us to apply those wits to an uncommonly intelligent and provocative zombie flick.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 6, 2013
Later does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
October 6, 2013
28 Days Later is a mind-bending look at a future one hopes never happens.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
This Dogme-driven apocalyptic nightmare from director Danny Boyle is a tense, exciting and terrifying horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 6, 2013
The picture is twitchy and annoying, flecked with blood and half-digested ideas, and too much is left unexplained.

Total Film
October 6, 2013
A crude but sometimes startling serving of schlock, the velocity and ferocity compensating for leaden conversation and smudge-o-vision photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 6, 2013
The film doesn't confine itself to wry satire -- it's an effective action adventure and an emotional journey for its protagonist Jim.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 6, 2013
Danny Boyle's purposeful direction and Mark Tildesley's imaginative and resourceful production design keep this fresh and edgy; the images of a wasted London and the details of a paramilitary organization in the countryside are both creepy and persuasive.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 6, 2013
What also makes 28 Days Later effective, and sets it apart from other thrillers, is that it makes you care about the characters.
Daniel Saney
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
A thrilling, gory affair, 28 Days Later is a well directed, believably acted yarn and well worth a watch, particularly for Romero fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 6, 2010
a wild cocktail of campy, gory fun
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010
Viral apocalypse, zombies, and terror. For adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A very frustrating watch as 28 Days Later... could have been a great film and the first half is just that. It is a shame about the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 26, 2009
This "Dawn of the Dead" inspired chiller is strong on concept, style and brutally violent action, but suffers from poor musical scoring, and a digital video format that helped keep its budget at 10 million dollars.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Entertaining, horrifying, and is sure to be a classic.
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