Pontypool Reviews

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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.
December 17, 2009
This low-budget picture is a little too claustrophobic, and it grows tedious. The ominous, overbearing musical score tries but fails to jack up the tension.
October 20, 2009
An original take on genre movies of its kind.
October 16, 2009
This cerebral horror movie plays Scrabble with the genre's cinematic lingo.
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.
October 16, 2009
An utterly baffling and stunningly boring zombie horror thriller.
October 16, 2009
An immersive film built on inference and interrupted signals rather than cheap shock-jock tactics. But the question remains: why the hell didn't they call it Dead Air?
September 1, 2009
However shrewdly contrived to keep its budget low, Pontypool, set almost entirely in a basement radio station, is a zombie flick sans bite.
June 5, 2009
For a while, this claustrophobic little horror movie is a dark little treat.
June 5, 2009
If you're a devotee of the deranged mind of Canadian indie auteur Bruce McDonald, then I can just tell you that he's made a horror movie (kind of) and that Pontypool is it.
May 29, 2009
A horror flick that's all talk and (almost) no action? The risk pays off better than you'd think.
May 29, 2009
What's a zombie movie without zombies? A dull zombie movie.
May 29, 2009
A small Canadian horror film that makes the most of its minuscule budget.
May 28, 2009
The film works as a tour de force for McHattie -- a veteran character actor making the most of his character's long, fluid monologues -- and as a sly commentary on journalistic responsibility.
May 28, 2009
The kind of heady independent horror that scares critics more than fans, starts with the cocksureness of Talk Radio and heads for the seismic territory of something like Tracy Letts's psychomeltdown Bug.
May 27, 2009
Think of this witty, economically gory little tour de force as 28 Days Later written by 
linguist Noam Chomsky.
Top Critic
May 27, 2009
If it wasn't so boring, the dialogue would be a laugh a minute. The acting is so abominable that the cast is better off unmentioned.
May 27, 2009
For a film about the perils of too much talk, there's quite a lot of babbling presented as profundity.
May 26, 2009
Pontypool is, in all senses, brain food -- and juicy.
March 6, 2009
The judicious use of humour makes the fear seem all the more real.
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