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Diary of the Dead Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2008
We want to high-five Romero for finding new ways to off his lifeless marauders.
June 10, 2008
Not only the most satisfying motion picture Romero has made in a long while, but one of the best of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2008
It's clever, or at least clever enough to keep you going and interested from start to finish. It just isn't scary.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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March 7, 2008
Like the recent 'Cloverfield', Romero uses the kinetic immediacy of digital video shot on-the-run, but in a more sophisticated and disturbing way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
March 6, 2008
It's a shame to speak ill of the dead, but Romero leaves us no alternative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 17, 2008
Hardly top-drawer Romero. In fact, it may be his worst zombie film yet. But even bad Romero is a far sight more interesting than the coolly sadistic guts-porn that currently passes for mainstream horror.
February 15, 2008
Romero turns his no-frills production into an asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 15, 2008
It's one of the least scary films that [Romero's] made -- but still entertaining, and very, very gory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2008
Even a legend's got to make a living, sure. But Diary, for all its core audience appeal, feels like a filmmaker lurching slowly down a path he's already worn out.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 15, 2008
This time out, [Romero's] heavy-handed intellectual concerns get in the way of a perfectly good fright flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 15, 2008
A movie in which victims wander as aimlessly as their undead stalkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 15, 2008
It seems sacrilegious to dismiss a zombie movie by Romero, who's been blending horror and satire since 1968's Night of the Living Dead. But his latest approach feels uncomfortably behind the curve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 15, 2008
Shot on a low budget with mostly unknown actors, Diary of the Dead isn't exactly involving on a dramatic level: You really never care who lives or dies, a fatal flaw for any horror film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 15, 2008
The movie suffers from the same malaise Romero diagnoses in society. It's just too mediated to be scary, despite its zeal for gore. You can't feel the characters' fear, and they don't seem to feel it either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 15, 2008
There are zombie movies and then there are George Romero films.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2008
Full zombie satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 15, 2008
The message is muddled, but the zombie master still knows how to make a gripping, graphic, grossly funny horror flick.
February 15, 2008
The way Diary of the Dead chooses to deliver its gore, you know you're in the hands of a grown-up uninterested in the excesses of the Saw or Hostel pictures.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2008
Diary of the Dead works much better as a horror film than as social commentary. Which is no shortcoming - a good scare is a good scare, no matter what the medium in which it's delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 15, 2008
You may not believe in zombies, but the unnamed dread in the air of Diary of the Dead is recognizably believable, because we live with it now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2008
Moderately scary, moderately amusing, intermittently dull and obvious, Diary of the Dead is not groundbreaking, nor even ground-quaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 14, 2008
This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack. Isn't it time that we give Romero his due? It's hardly an accident that Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg and Wes Craven recognize Romero as a master. He is.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 14, 2008
Although the matters on Romero's mind weigh heavy, the movie he's made is anything but heavy-handed. Clocking in at a svelte 95 minutes, Diary of the Dead zips along.
February 14, 2008
Though the premise requires a fair amount of indulgence, it also allows Romero to recapture the indie spirit of his landmark debut.
February 14, 2008
Ultimately, the unanswered --- and possibly unconsidered --- question is if Romero is lambasting the exploitation of death, how does that reconcile with his entire career?
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 13, 2008
As horror, Diary of the Dead delivers the gross-out goods, but only the gullible will confuse these ritualized shock-videogame tactics with something relevant.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 13, 2008
You'll scream, all right -- but not from fright.
February 12, 2008
The devil's in the details, and Diary is diabolically resourceful within its circumscribed framework.
February 11, 2008
There's enough social commentary (and innovative splatter) to acidulate the brew -- to remind you that Romero, even behind the curve, makes other genre filmmakers look like fraidy-cats.
September 18, 2007
Gore's godfather audaciously and successfully reboots his incalculably influential zombie franchise as a lean, mean teen-survival machine.
September 18, 2007
This Living Dead exercise delivers far less monstrosity and a great deal of pomposity, not to mention dull characters who aren't nearly as lively as those dead guys.