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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.

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It's often said that the true character of a man is only revealed in times of dire crisis, and for likable, lovelorn loser Shaun (Simon Pegg), that moment of reckoning came when the dead rose from their slumber to feast on the flesh of the living. A hapless electronics store employee who spends most of his spare time downing pints at the local pub with his roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun's life seems to fall apart when he is dumped by his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), and his obnoxious stepfather, Philip (Bill Nighy), shows up to berate him for not being more attentive to his caring mother Barbara (Penelope Wilton) -- especially since he forgot to send flowers for her birthday. Things take a turn for the worse when the dead return to stake their claim on the Earth, and though the chaos that follows threatens to swallow up all of England, it's up to Shaun to keep his cool and prove himself once and for all by successfully rescuing Liz and his mother. With his trusty roommate by his side, nothing -- not even the living dead -- can stand between Shaun and the two most important women in his life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for zombie violence/gore and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Box Office:
$13,464,388.00
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Cast

Simon Pegg
as Shaun
Lucy Davis
as Dianne
Dylan Moran
as David
Bill Nighy
as Philip
Arvind Doshi
as Nelson
Rafe Spall
as Noel
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Critic Reviews for Shaun of the Dead

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (41)

Mixing horror and humor is no mean feat, but Shaun Of The Dead tightens throats in fear without making the laughs stick there in the process.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

The pasty, scruffy Pegg shows a surprising amount of range for the unlikely hero of a zombie flick.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

The movie bogs down and the humor seems to dry up, though the blood continues to well, spurt and spew.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

The cast make a cosy fit, the patter is still sitcom snappy, but Wright also has the visual snap to carry this saga of backyard apocalypse.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The zombie-movie genre already has some wink-wink funny entries, but this U.K. smash hit, written by Pegg and Wright, takes the prize. It's a bloody hoot.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Newsweek
Top Critic

For those who don't mind a little laughter with their zombies (or perhaps it should be the other way around), this is an unusual source of entertainment.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for Shaun of the Dead

½

A very British, humorous take on the good old zombie topic. Not only is this full of great ideas, jokes, movie quotes and great laughs, it even works pretty well as gory splatter horror, even though you gotta laugh way too often to be really scared. Silly, but really lovable and just fun to watch, as long as some blood doesn't bother you.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Pegg and Frost are so funny together in this atypical zombie movie that nicely blends British humor and a lot of gore while making a smart social commentary, and it benefits from an incredibly witty dialogue and some hilarious moments to make you laugh hard.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Ambition-free retail manager Shaun thinks that being dumped by his girlfriend is the end of the world, until next morning when he wakes up to find that the dead are walking the earth. Brought to you by the same team who brought you Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead is a knowing homage to George Romero's Dead trilogy in which a zombie holocaust is seen through the eyes of a London slacker. Much beloved by many, this film is a bit of a case of rose-tinted memories; the highlights are actually hilarious, but there are rather less of them than you'd think. In fact most of the really funny lines happen in the first half hour, before the bulk of the zombie action when the Pegg and Frost double act are in full effect. The idea does run out of steam somewhat for the final half hour but when it's funny, it's very funny and it's actually rather better made than a lot of horror films that are meant to be taken seriously. Definitely worth seeing for the best bits, but perhaps not the masterpiece it's made out to be.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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