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Dawn of the Dead Reviews

May 27, 2011
The new version has its share of disturbing moments, but writer James Gunn and director Zack Snyder have stripped away the social satire of the original and put little in its place.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
The remake, from first-time director Snyder, keeps much of the gore and loads up on the laughs, but eschews all pretence at cultural criticism in favour of high-octane, almost nonstop action.
March 23, 2004
Only gore-thirsting teens will be satisfied.
March 22, 2004
... bloody good fun.
March 21, 2004
For those who enjoy tight, tense, graphic horror, this movie offers an ample helping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
It more than surpasses the original.
March 19, 2004
Has many of the elements that made the first Dawn so darkly entertaining.
March 19, 2004
Whereas the resonance of Romero's film (and of 28 Days Later) derived from its ability to involve auds emotionally with a few spartan protagonists, here viewers don't spend enough time with any of the characters to feel such a connection.
March 19, 2004
[Sarah Polly] pretty much owns the picture, beginning with a slam-dunk prologue that establishes right off that this isn't your dad's Dawn, despite a plot that hews fairly closely to the original movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 19, 2004
The new Dawn won't be revered like the old one, but if there's a sequel, I'll shamble instinctively to the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
It's silly, witty and good-natured, not scary so much as icky, and not horrifying or horrible but consistently amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
Save your quarters for the video game.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 19, 2004
A remake of the 1978 George Romero cult-classic, it has no purpose of its own, except to exploit the latest advances in gore effects.
March 19, 2004
The remake adds little to the genre and doesn't bother with character development.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2004
The joke isn't fresh, but it holds up well in this crackling remake of George Romero's 1978 sequel to Night of the Living Dead.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
Faster, leaner and more compact than the original.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
You know Snyder isn't the guy for the job about five minutes into the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 19, 2004
A big chomping horror delight, Dawn of the Dead reworks director George Romero's zombie classic with gobs of blood, buckets of black humor and enough cocky style to induce giggles between shivers.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 19, 2004
Scarier, funnier and more entertaining than it has a right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
'Fun' moments do peek through the rising piles of bodies, but Dawn can't quite sustain interest because it becomes repetitive and overwhelming.
Read More | Original Score: C+
March 19, 2004
Smarter, tighter and far scarier, start to finish [than the original].
March 19, 2004
Dawn of the Dead works and it delivers just about what you expect when you buy your ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
Few of the original movie's political and philosophical preoccupations (abortion, capitalism, patriotism, individualism) remain. Instead, the remake feels like the product of the PlayStation era.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2004
It's been pumped up with steroid-enhanced direction, but this zombie horror remake's got no soul.
March 18, 2004
A soulless but speedy redo of George A. Romero's two-hour-plus 1979 original about a mall and flesh-eating zombies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2004
Good zombie fun, the remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead is the best proof in ages that cannibalizing old material sometimes works fiendishly well.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 18, 2004
Dawn of the Dead is a rarity: a horror movie in which every laugh is intentional.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 18, 2004
Dawn of the Dead is just plain fun.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2004
Mr. Snyder's blood feast is strictly by the numbers: this second-rater could be the world's most expensive Troma film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2004
A shallow but potent gore-gasm that will make audiences scream, whoop, cringe, laugh and yell at the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2004
This demographic (predominantly young and male) goes to a zombie movie for one thing and one thing only: increasingly outrageous gross-outs. And Dawn, they'll be glad to hear, doesn't disappoint.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2004
A surprisingly touching parable of community and the human spirit -- a terribly scary parable with a ridiculously high body count.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2004
Gruesome, funny, everything a horror film should be.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2004
Romero's movie was both scary and satiric, but this reprise, directed by British TV-ad wiz Zack Snyder, is neither.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 18, 2004
Its graphic gore and brain-splattering violence are definitely not suitable for children or anyone else who's easily upset. If you like campy fright movies, though, this is an unpredictably fun one, right down to the closing credits.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 17, 2004
Snyder, making a killer feature debut, trades homemade cheesiness for knowing style, revels in the sophistication of modern special effects, and stomps off with the best remake -- er, 're-envisioning' -- of a horror classic in memory.
Full Review | Original Score: A