The Dead Don't Die Reviews

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October 1, 2019
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.
September 25, 2019
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.
August 2, 2019
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.
July 13, 2019
The Dead Don't Die, instead, stomps in like your drunken uncle at a wedding disco and announces that it's here, and that everything's fine because it's going to have a lot of fun at the zombie movie's expense. If only.
June 15, 2019
Jarmusch loads his genre-tweaking experiment with so many of his A-list friends that it's a gas just hanging out in their company.
June 14, 2019
The star-studded ensemble cast-which features numerous Jarmusch veterans, among them Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Tom Waits-seems to be having loads of fun, which adds to the ingratiating vibe.
June 14, 2019
The Dead Don't Die is delivered in one long, deadpan note. Some of the sight gags and quips are gold; others are just filler, but still kind of interesting in a wacky sort of way.
June 14, 2019
The Dead Don't Die is a notably sour movie, especially coming from someone like Jarmusch, whose previous work always seemed deeply affectionate about human weirdness, but who in this one basically waves humanity off as deserving its own extinction.
June 14, 2019
The scary (and gory) things on screen may be zombies, but the real monster here is the troll in the director's chair.
June 14, 2019
Jarmusch tacks on some commentary about how maybe we're the zombies, drifting aimlessly through our lives. It would have more impact if it didn't feel like he phoned this one in from the land of the undead.
June 14, 2019
The Dead Don't Die is far from Jarmusch's best, but there's something to be said for its zonked-out acceptance of extinction.
Top Critic
June 14, 2019
Avoid it at all costs if you value your sanity.
June 14, 2019
The first horror film I've seen that seemed as likely to lull me to sleep as to give me nightmares.
June 14, 2019
The line between the laid-back and the listless, in "The Dead Don't Die," may be too fine even for [Jarmusch], and most of the running gags don't run at all, merely loping around in a circle.
Top Critic
June 13, 2019
[A]s The Dead Don't Die smirks through its ironic corpse pile-up, dispatching a parade of beloved actors like rancid meat and playing the same original Sturgill Simpson tune on loop, it's hard not to wonder if the joke is on us for watching it.
June 13, 2019
A bit too arch and remote to fully enjoy as a transportative or emotional piece of entertainment, but for Jarmusch fans and zombie fans, it's a fun little exercise in witnessing the auteur graft his unique sensibility onto the beloved genre.
June 13, 2019
It's a fair amount of fun, but appears to have been made with minimal effort.
June 13, 2019
This is an end-of-the-world party with an appealing guest list and inviting, eccentric décor.
June 13, 2019
A movie where character defines plot, not the other way around - although this is much more of a genre exercise than Jarmusch has previously essayed.
June 13, 2019
The Dead Don't Die says blissfully little about the state of the world today. For its slightness and silliness, its concerns are grander.
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