Critics Consensus

Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.



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With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's crucial to the invasion's success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.

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Critic Reviews for Overlord

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (25)

  • It escalates slowly, it builds, and then when you get to the final third of this film once the horror elements break out it's a thrill ride.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Overlord is to fact as Churchill was to sobriety, or Trump to modesty.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Overlord takes many elements you've seen before and creates a mashup that's able to deliver some gory fun, riveting suspense, zombie horrors, and terrifying depictions of modern war in equal measure.

    Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It helps to be in the mood for a period Nazi zombie shoot-'em-up but it's very successful at being a bit of fun and bloody counterprogramming.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brian Truitt

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • It's reasonably good, creepy fun, provided you're not troubled by fleeting, uncomfortable thoughts like "Hey, that screaming bloodthirsty mutant monster could theoretically be a reanimated Anne Frank."

    Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • If anyone ever wished "Saving Private Ryan" were more of a B-movie splatterfest, "Overlord" is the movie for you.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Overlord

  • Mar 13, 2019
    The first 30 minutes are actually a pretty straight war movie in the tradition of Saving Private Ryan or Inglourious Basterds, even quoting those. The most unrealistic part of the beginning is a French woman speaking good English. Then we're going through a bit of a slow middle part as the little French town is set up before we're reaching the promised horror and splatter territory. But even during the trashy and silly last act, the film plays its "war caper" cards pretty straight, which is admirable. The result is pretty damn entertaining, sometimes even exciting. I merely expected a little more craziness or a somewhat more interesting caper. Still, well done.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2019
    A comer for classic right out of the gate, this sci-fi WW2 funhouse is a monster itself, ("it's aliiiiive!"), borrowing familiar genres and sowing them together to create a lumbering juggernaut that's fresh while still remaining strangely familiar. Re-watchable? Again and again.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2019
    Really, really happy with how this one wound up. Overlord is probably this year's movie I most want to rewatch, was definitely one worth seeing on the big screen. I hope it inspires likeminded cinema in the near-future.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2018
    Julius Avery has delivered one of the best horror films of the year. This is an insane film and the fact it showcases the R rating is an extra blessing. The first twenty minutes are some of the most intense filmmaking of the year, it was incredible. It is sad the film isn't enjoying the box office, but this will be a cult film twenty years from now. Wyatt Russell should continue the trend of building a unique catelogue of roles, much like his father did in the 80s. I had zero expectations of this film and it delivered on every guilty pleasure for the genre. It has been a rare scenario when a film this insane delivers on the concept and I am happy to have seen this on the big screen. 18/12/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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