28 Days Later Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Danny Boyle has got his edge back.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
It makes for a more intimate brand of horror, one we can't explain away by pretending we're watching the same old well-oiled Hollywood malarkey.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 1, 2003
In the old days, a feverish programmer like 28 Days Later would end up on the bottom half of a double bill.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 30, 2003
... really creepy and really scary ...
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 28, 2003
I enjoyed watching this film, mostly because Murphy and Harris make such an appealing central couple to build a new world around. But nobody should mistake this for a killer-zombie movie with real soul.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 27, 2003
Detestable, not just because its action is so vile or its technique so crude, but because its moral imagination is so impoverished.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 27, 2003
Director Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland have rebounded smartly from the bloated Leonardo DiCaprio debacle that was The Beach, their previous collaboration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2003
It's unpleasant stuff, told without winks or humor, and it's so perfectly pitched that you can't take your eyes off it, even if this sort of hard-edged horror isn't exactly your cup of Diet Coke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2003
It has eerie images, a compelling situation and an unusual capacity to surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 27, 2003
Derivative but horrifically effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 27, 2003
This smart, genuinely creepy movie also feels real, which is why its horrors hit so hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2003
[Boyle's] back on British turf here and in fine dark form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 27, 2003
The rare horror film that splatters and pauses to consider the splatter, that follows a traditional storyline and then improves upon it, and that avoids cliches while playing one out.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 27, 2003
If 28 Days Later falls short of classic horror movie status, Boyle pokes the genre with a sharp enough stick to prove it has some nasty life in it yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 27, 2003
This starkly beautiful, harrowing journey into the worst that can happen opens with video feed images of our unnatural disasters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 27, 2003
A tough, smart, ingenious movie that leads its characters into situations where everything depends on their (and our) understanding of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 27, 2003
Terrifying on the basic heebie-jeebie level, respectful toward its B-movie forebears, and all the more unnerving for coming out in this fretful era of SARS and germ warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 27, 2003
28 Days Later may be too obvious to score a knockout, but it's calibrated to satisfy genre fans, of whom there are many.
| Original Score: B-
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 27, 2003
The movie's great fun, but don't get any on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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June 27, 2003
The movie is derivative as hell, but it's also blazingly well-made, and it moves at a ferocious clip.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 27, 2003
A movie that's creepy and truly suspenseful in some places, unintentionally comic or plain awful in others.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 27, 2003
A grim slog through mud, rain and poorly lit corridors.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 26, 2003
108 bloody, B-movie minutes you're not likely to soon forget.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 26, 2003
An unsettling and thought-provoking vision of a post-apocalyptic future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2003
An edge-of-your-seat scary movie that startles and chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 26, 2003
It's a zombie movie to make you forget how boring and simple-minded monster movies have become or, better yet, to make you remember how good monster movies can be.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 26, 2003
As a parable of human nature under extreme duress, 28 Days Later is never less than interesting.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2003
28 Days Later induces the sort of physical reactions that these days are more often incited by the nightly news than the latest monster flick.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 26, 2003
For the most part, 28 Days Later is a smart, vivid nightmare with refreshingly unconventional heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 26, 2003
Has enough chills and thrills -- as well as plenty of nearly dead creatures -- to rank among the scariest and most ingenious horror movies in recent memory.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 26, 2003
This is the stuff of which night tremors are made.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 26, 2003
Set in an evacuated London decimated by a virus, the film, shot with nerve-frying effectiveness on digital video -- creeps you out big-time.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2003
Deftly directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by novelist Alex Garland, 28 Days Later is seat-squirming, hands-over-the-eyes stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 26, 2003
It's no Night of the Living Dead, but it's almost as scary and just as smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2003
A taut, terrifying thriller that will turn you asthmatic with dread.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
June 26, 2003
While 28 Days Later is itself a stylistic tour de force, Boyle recaptures his earlier storytelling briskness and deft touch with actors.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2003
Despite this unusual setting (contemporary Britain in anarchy) and some good scenes, Boyle's new movie is mostly a zombie fiasco, closer to the vacuities of The Beach than the scintillating social satire of Trainspotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 26, 2003
These B-movie thrills in post-apocalyptic England would make George Romero proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 24, 2003
A movie that kept me involved from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 24, 2003
Because it's cut-rate, star-free ... outlandishly edge-conscious, and 100 percent British, the movie has a frontier charge built in.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 18, 2003
A swankily austere piece of jeepers-creepers sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Derek Elley
Variety
January 30, 2003
A faux-low-budget zombie pic by director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland that shows a rather arrogant disdain for its audience in between occasional flashes of flair.
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2002
A very well-made genre film with great performances and wonderfully staged sequences.