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Maggie lurches a bit clumsily at times, but is partially redeemed by strong performances and an unexpectedly thoughtful tone.



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When a deadly zombie virus sweeps the nation, a father will stop at nothing to save his infected daughter in this post-apocalyptic thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. (C) Official Facebook


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Critic Reviews for Maggie

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  • A missed opportunity.

    Jul 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A quietly melancholic study of a father-daughter relationship playing out under the shadow of her terminal disease.

    Jul 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • One interminably boring and mawkish film, overlaid with YA-dystopian self-pity.

    Jul 23, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Most of Maggie is so dark you can barely make out the zombies or the humans. It also moves more slowly than the ghouls.

    May 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I feel some guilt in giving a film that tries this hard a negative review. But I couldn't shake my sense of aggravation at how it all plays out, especially in Schwarzenegger's case.

    May 8, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, neither the brain-eating genre or the heart-breaking one is enhanced by this mash-up. Like Celine Dion's cover of AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long, file it under the category of "interesting-but-why?"

    May 8, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maggie

  • Nov 17, 2017
    Slow but pretty interesting take on the zombie genre. As his daughter gets infected and slowly turns into a threat, a father has to start coping with it, while the girl tries to live a normal teenager for as long as she can. Nicely filmed and well acted, only the solution falls a bit short. There are a few pretty touching scenes, though. Definitely Arnie's most unusual film.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2017
    It's a whole film about saying goodbye, particularly to one's child, herein taken slowly, bit by bit, by ... but it doesn't matter much at all. Saying goodbye, nobody wants it. Ah-nold throws down some real acting and surprises. Breslin is capable. One for the ages, despite its slow pace.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2016
    This movie was directed by Henry Hobson in his directorial debut and stars Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular character and her father. In a zombie-infested world where people transform slowly over the course of a few weeks after becoming infected, this movie focuses on the two leads in the final days before Maggie's condition deteriorates to full-zombie. I've never heard of the director before, so I did a bit of research; he has had a good career in production design for film and video games, and he directed the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony. I think he deserves props in his debut for maintaining a steady pace throughout this movie, but that pace was definitely as slow as the zombies. This isn't an action-packed zombie thriller that people probably expected upon release, which is probably part of why it received such mixed reviews. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie! The score writer and makeup artist deserve a lot of credit, but the real story here is the actors. Breslin as Maggie really sold me on how torn she was with her condition, constantly trying to maintain composure around her family while fighting with herself about the fact that she will be dead soon. The emotions she shows are believable. Perhaps more impressive than Breslin's performance was Schwarzenegger's; I've never seen this guy, one of the world's biggest action stars of all-time, give such a pulled-back and gentle performance. It really made me happy to see him pull it off, and I hope he continues down this dramatic path in the future. All-in-all, Maggie, while very slow-paced, is an emotional journey capped off by two knockout performances. If you have the patience for it and know what you're getting yourself into ahead of time, check it out!
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2016
    Ponderously slow and dull zombie movie
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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