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May 2, 2014
Kind of like the French TV series, but a lot less dramatic, and has a dryer tone too it, but still worth checking out if you like the original TV show, and would like to see some of the source material the ABC show Resurrection is based off of.
March 23, 2014
Not nearly as good as the TV adaptation that came later, but still entertaining.
½ March 13, 2014
This was even worse than the later "The Returned" TV series. While the theme of the TV series is that of the "existential crisis," They Came Back is an allegory for immigration. Yet, at the same time, the producers attempt to show how the "real world" would handle such an event as the reappearance of the dead, and how such people would be reintegrated into society. However, like the TV series, the producers seem to forget that the most realistic, obvious course of action would be to excavate a grave or two in order to check the veracity of somebody's claim that they are who they say they are. It's such an obvious miss on the part of the writers/producers that it is unforgivable. (Seriously, wouldn't that be the VERY first thing that would come to mind? It was for me . . .)

So, unless you like slow, brooding material that bangs you over the head over and over again with its theme, while simultaneously botching the surface story, then look elsewhere for entertainment. Let's hope that ABC's new "Resurrection" fares better.
November 30, 2013
Interesting premise but nowhere near as coherent and punchy as the television show, which was a real masterpiece.
Super Reviewer
September 9, 2013
If you were looking for something gory then you came to the wrong place, They Came Back is about the dead suddenly coming back to life in full health and were trying to integrate into the society despite them being half retarded and has no normative function. The problem became complicated when people are confused as to how to deal with their loved ones. It is quite dinstinctive from other zombie film being there's no zombies, the acting was pretty good, direction were nice too. The only problem with the film was that it spent too much time on developing the characters and lack of any plot driven elements.
September 8, 2013
A zombie film that isn't a zombie film. A story that isn't a story. An ending that isn't an ending. An amble that goes nowhere in a good way.
July 29, 2013
If, like me, you've just finished watching The Returned on TV you might want to watch this in search of answers to the many questions left unanswered by the series finale, but you won't find any here. It's essentially the same story: people from a small town come back from the dead and leave everyone confused as to why and how they've returned. The difference is the movie is more of a science fiction horror story, with the living using science to try to figure out what's going on with the zombie horde, whereas the TV show is more supernatural, the inhabitants of the town looking to spirituality and philosophy to answer their questions. The difference in tone is quite stark, too. Les Revenants are notably more zombie-like and creepy in the movie, whereas in the TV show they retain much of their humanity, making the movie a very straightforward horror story in comparison to the bleak psychological horror that goes with getting to know the 'zombies' as people and watching them slowly decay. Not a big fan of zombie films in general, but this stands out as a very interesting twist on what can be done with the genre.
September 15, 2012
Loved the movie! Very emotional for me. Very realistic to view this phenomenon from an economic and social standpoint.
June 13, 2012
Interesting take on the "return from the dead" theme. Was a little slow and left a lot unanswered, but was a nice change from zombie movies.
½ June 4, 2012
Too staid to work completely, and it avoids a good number of the questions that I first thought about in favor of a placid examination of one-on-one reactions.
May 4, 2012
Certains monteurs, ou chef op hein Raoul, feraient mieux de ne jamais passer a la realisation.
½ February 25, 2012
An intriguing premise ruined by less than pedestrian pacing. A shame as it had a lot of potential
½ February 11, 2012
A different take on zombies, but it is slow, dull, and a little confusing as to why things happened the way they did.
Super Reviewer
January 28, 2012
A very unconventional and ingenious contribution to an increasingly unimaginative genre. Eerily off-center and unsettling.
½ November 25, 2011
A different take on zombies, but it is slow, dull, and a little confusing as to why things happened the way they did.
November 16, 2011
This isn't your typical zombie movie. This film pushes you beyond the common paradigm of what life and freedom of choice means and the finality of death.
November 13, 2011
good, very creepy movie
November 8, 2011
This is the strangest "zombie" movie that I have ever tried watching.
October 30, 2011
An interesting take on the zombie genre but more intriguing are the questions of what makes a relationship and how much can change before the bond breaks.
October 9, 2011
I am impressed that somebody dared to make a zombie movie and resisted the temptation to make it a stupid horror movie. As in a lot of french films this is without humour and the dialogue is limited only to the essential lines but it's a very original idea and well made. The only problems I have with this is that there are many questions left unanswered and many topics that could have been explored but were not. Nobody seemed to be interested in how it came to be that all these dead people returned to the living and no-one asks the question about the afterlife. I guess these are questions that the filmmakers were not up to the challenge of answering.
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