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The Dead Don't Die dabbles with tones and themes to varying degrees of success, but sharp wit and a strong cast make this a zom-com with enough brains to consume. Read critic reviews

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In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. News reports are scary, and scientists are concerned, but no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: the dead rise from their graves and feast on the living, and the citizens must battle to survive.

Cast & Crew

Bill Murray
Chief Cliff Robertson
Adam Driver
Officer Ronnie Peterson
Tilda Swinton
Zelda Winston
Chloë Sevigny
Officer Mindy Morrison
Steve Buscemi
Farmer Frank Miller
Danny Glover
Hank Thompson
Jim Jarmusch
Screenwriter
Marcelo Gandola
Executive Producer
Fredrik Zander
Executive Producer
Frederick Elmes
Cinematographer
Affonso Gonçalves
Film Editor
SQÜRL
Original Music
Alex Digerlando
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Critic Reviews for The Dead Don't Die

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  • It's mildly amusing, mostly thanks to Swinton's swanning and the dry-as-bone exchanges between Murray and Driver.

    October 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The angriest movie I've seen all year. This is Jim Jarmusch putting a very strong environmentalist stance in the middle of a zombie movie.

    October 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The zombie genre is now close to exhaustion -- though this is not a problem for Jarmusch who likes his premises threadbare, all the better to distil them into absurdist ritual.

    September 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • In-jokes abound and, though the material is slight, parts of the film are pretty funny. But it's a minor Jarmusch, with a running time too protracted for this type of thing.

    September 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jim Jarmusch's movies are always laconic, but this one felt less like a bunch of old friends hanging out and more like old friends dutifully showing up to do one of them a half-hearted favor.

    August 2, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • This is a testing experience even for people who loved the deadly ennui of Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch's take on the vampire movie and in some ways a sister picture to this one.

    July 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dead Don't Die

  • Jul 29, 2020
    A witty horror-comedy, The Dead Don't Die delivers a fresh new take on the zombie genre. The story follows a group of people in a small town as they combat a zombie outbreak. Featuring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, and Selena Gomez, the cast is quite impressive; Murray and Driver in particular are great as a sheriff and deputy duo. And the film does some clever postmodern commentary with the characters knowing what zombies are, crossing genres, and breaking the fourth wall. Still, there are a few too many subplots going on and some of the characters are underserved and get lost. Yet despite a few problems, The Dead Don't Die is a fun romp.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2019
    This was really disappointing. That I almost laughed one time is the nicest thing I can say about The Dead Don't Die. I don't adore Jim Jarmusch as much as some, but I did expect more than this. Now you could argue that's on me, but I don't think it's too out of line to hope that a horror be scary, a comedy be funny, or a respected director's shot at horror comedy to be at least a little bit of at least one of the above.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2019
    "Do you like this shit? Is this the kind of garbage that you enjoy?" The Jarmarsh deadpan is even more pronounced and I began to feel, in the way situations were presented, that Jarmarsh is dumbstruck by the curious affections of the modern movie buying public and herein, with a totally complicit cast, seeks to honestly question those affections. Tilda Swinton's character, an elfin, Scottish, killing-machine, alien, ninja, seems to be the exclamation mark of his tirade, with no point, no purpose, only to show up and be cool. While the conversation was interesting...I thought it could have used a little more fire.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2019
    Every once in awhile, even your favorite directors are bound to put out a dud. Jarmusch has had a few from my perspective. I wasn't much a fan of The Limits of Control, and even Paterson underwhelmed me. But this is the guy who gave us Down by Law and Only Lovers Left Alive, so I know that he has the capacity to do better. The Dead Don't Die is more of a disappointing movie than a bad one. Individual elements like Tilda Swinton as a katana-wielding Scottish mortician or Iggy Pop grunting for coffee in full zombie regalia really make this blasé Romero riff watchable and, at times, amusing. But make no mistake, any social commentary is toothless, the plotting is lazy, and this existential zombie hang-out is just a little too despondent to sit alongside more quick-witted zom-edy films like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. Which begs the question, was he trying to make a movie this dumb, or is this just what gets made when Jarmusch goes on vacation with his favorite character actors? The biggest sin here is that Bill Murray and Adam Driver don't seem as fully committed to being small town cops reacting to a zombie epidemic as much as Steve Buscemi is to being a one-dimensional Trumpster fire. The periphery is more interesting, and there's not nearly enough of it. Instead, we get post-career-renaissance Murray breaking the fourth wall, almost in protest to how boring everything is. One can meander and still have fun with this premise, but the environmentalist fantasy politics and "old hipster who doesn't like phone tech" perspective shits the whole bed. It's like Jarmusch is acknowledging the political subtexts of (his overt focus of homage) George Romero's ...of the Dead series by using them either as a simplistic preachy flavor or a post-modernist punchline, and I'm not sure which one is more off-putting. Better luck next time, Jim. Like I said, it's worth a watch - it's just not a good movie.
    Steve L Super Reviewer

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