Pontypool Reviews

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November 13, 2019
An original story. Strong performances, particularly from Stephen McHattie. A film that prays on innermost fears of society and individuals. Frightening. Terrifying. Thought provoking.
January 19, 2019
An all-time great zombie film.
March 27, 2018
It's when our grasping for digestible concepts, clear causality, or anything resembling resolution is as thwarted as the characters' struggle to articulate or take action, that we're in the best position to absorb Pontypool's full impact.
December 16, 2017
I liked it, with some reservations.
August 23, 2017
Pontypool's very resonant, localized fright, is to make sense of - to define - the inexplicable.
June 24, 2017
Pontypool has an awful lot going for it. It's technically well made, well acted, creepy, funny, and weird. It's the kind of movie that, if it's seen in the right place and right time, can really have an effect on you.
April 30, 2016
Tightly scripted (Tony Burgess) and directed (Bruce McDonald), but Stephen McHattie's Mazzy is the star!
December 1, 2010
Alarmingly intelligent and deeply disorienting, Pontypool plays as a radically different film upon subsequent viewings, its metaphor-filled dialogue seeming to shift and alter in meaning with every scene.
August 9, 2010
A winning combination of shuddery suspense and intelligent observations.
January 30, 2010
Its a mighty strange beast, an intellectual B-movie that offers equal parts semiotics and projectile gore.
January 27, 2010
Laurie Anderson would be proud: language is a virus in [this] zombie(-esque) thriller set almost entirely within the walls of a basement radio station.
January 15, 2010
Interesting zombie flick. A little too claustrophobic with all of the scenes in a makeshift radio station. Too much description and not enough action, almost like War of the World's radio broadcast. Still, worth watching once. Paul Chambers, CNN.
January 7, 2010
This year Canada's PONTYPOOL ranks as high as any United States science fiction films I have seen.
November 8, 2009
An entertaining cerebral chiller.
October 20, 2009
Compellingly apocalyptic.
October 20, 2009
An original take on genre movies of its kind.
October 16, 2009
Inventive and genuinely suspenseful, this is a welcome addition to the expanding zombie/virus canon.
October 16, 2009
This cerebral horror movie plays Scrabble with the genre's cinematic lingo.
October 16, 2009
This unsettlingly quirky account of semiological breakdown and small-town apocalypse plays like My Winnipeg for fans of intellectual horror. Pontypool is as astonishing as it is original, and amply repays multiple viewings.
October 16, 2009
It's always an unexpected bonus in a zombie film to find the brains evident in the screenplay rather than splattered all over the scenery.
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