Land of the Dead - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Land of the Dead Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 29, 2005
The movie is listless and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 28, 2005
Romero's fourth-grade dialogue doesn't help matters, but anyone seeking out the latest achievements in cranial ruptures, spewing-blood gouts, and ground-beef spillage need look no further.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 27, 2005
Zombies just aren't that interesting as villains because they zombie ahead.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
The plot held no surprises and the acting no revelations.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 24, 2005
It's fairly solid fun without breaking any new ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 24, 2005
Land of the Dead not only leaves you wishing Romero and his zombies might come back to feast once more, but that they'd take their time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
June 24, 2005
Land does feel less substantial than its predecessors at a scant 92 minutes ... But its novelty and nerve are the work of the master showing those feeding on his body of work how this zombie thing is done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2005
Land of the Dead is worth the wait, and dispels any fanboy concerns that the director was gone because he lost his mojo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 24, 2005
The metaphor, that a society that doesn't recognize the evil it is doing might be getting its comeuppance, would have been a cool subtext in a better movie. But this 'Dead' doesn't jolt, shock, scare or amuse. It just staggers along -- very, very slowly.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2005
In George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, it's depressingly evident that the horror pioneer has been surpassed by his imitators.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 24, 2005
Land of the Dead is a perfectly adequate horror romp, but it's hard to imagine anyone remembering it five years from now.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 24, 2005
Land's gruesomely creative zombie atrocities stretch an R rating's limits like a bloody tendon about to snap.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
June 24, 2005
Land of the Dead is a horror flick, but not a screamy one -- the booming soundtrack pumps up the drama, and the gore induces squirms, but zombies more titillate than anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 24, 2005
Land of the Dead is living proof that films still can be inventive, that Hollywood is not the absolute center of the filmmaking universe and that a zombie film still can be scary and smart.
| Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 24, 2005
With all due respect to 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead, nobody goes zombie quite like George A. Romero.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 24, 2005
This new movie looks and feels like someone else's better-made schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 24, 2005
Romero has given us, as well as the zombies, a lot to chew on. There is as much allegory to his tale as there is blood, and let me tell you, there's no shortage of blood.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 24, 2005
Romero obliges those who are less concerned with meaning than with hard-core gore.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 24, 2005
Land of the Dead is rich with political metaphors and social satire, none of which ever throws us out of the story or slows the breakneck pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 24, 2005
Land is pure entertainment and superbly well done.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 24, 2005
Fails to deliver on its class warfare premise, fizzling out just when it should be heating up.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2005
George A. Romero's Land of the Dead reveals that Romero remains the master of a genre he reinvented.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2005
After a 20-year hiatus, George A. Romero, who practically invented his own creepy cinematic genre with 1968's Dawn of the Living Dead and its sequels, returns with his most ingenious and ambitious zombie film yet.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 23, 2005
An excellent freakout of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 23, 2005
Land of the Dead proves the most socially trenchant, irreverent and politically daring of the series, the one with the most food (and gore) for thought.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 23, 2005
With Land of the Dead, Romero shows he still has the talent to scare us (and gross us out) in creative ways.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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June 23, 2005
Romero still has a gift for expressive carnage and for turning zombies into something more than mindless, festering, plague-spreading viscera-chewers.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 23, 2005
There's no real joy in this undertaking, which seems to prize grossing out the members of its audience above freaking them out.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 23, 2005
Land of the Dead may not be the 'masterpiece' its promoters claim, but it is the work of a master.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2005
Further evidence that you can reanimate the dead only so many times.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2005
It's good to see [Romero] back in the genre he invented with Night of the Living Dead, and still using zombies not simply for target practice but as a device for social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 23, 2005
Land of the Dead doesn't lack for creeps. It's just likely not the kind of complete frightfest that will have you wanting to go back for seconds.
| Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 23, 2005
There's a sense that Romero has run out of ideas and is recycling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 20, 2005
The latest installment could well be Romero's masterpiece.
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 20, 2005
A tour de force of not only independent filmmaking but independent thinking, rigorously worked out on all craft and technical levels yet enlivened by its twisted engagement with the real world.