The Returned Reviews

March 28, 2014
Director Manuel Carballo seems to be trying for the psychological unease of Blindness, or perhaps of something by Cronenberg, but it's never more than artificial terror wrapped in bland social commentary.
March 28, 2014
This is a serious, austere film that feels as if it's barely restraining the B-movie within. In the end, it fights itself to a draw.
March 27, 2014
Carballo also fails to capitalize on the climate of paranoia the script attempts to engender throughout.
February 19, 2014
Cuttingly sharp and incisive SF horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis.
February 18, 2014
A zombie movie in which the normal people are to be feared. Modest in scope, but very effective.
February 17, 2014
The Returned is a zombie movie without the zombies, generating scares through social commentary and human nature, which actually makes for a welcome change of pace.
February 14, 2014
Refreshingly intelligent, subversive and psychologically terrifying. It's much more than your average zombie film.
February 14, 2014
Marred by obvious plot developments...and a disappointingly lazy reliance on the very clichs the movie mostly tries to avoid...The Returned is never quite clever or confident enough to become the subversive zombie film it wants to be.
February 14, 2014
Carballo offsets the lack of surprise with such efficient suspense builders as propulsive music, ambient noise, realistic lighting and judicious handheld camerawork while efficiently explaining the science and politics behind what is happening.
February 13, 2014
The Returned is sort of about prejudice and paranoia, but for the most part, the social commentary is as absent as the action, with both taking a back seat to clever conceptualizing.
Top Critic
February 13, 2014
Pivotal scenes dive too deep into melodrama, and there's something inevitably sterile about a script that includes only scenes that propel the plot or provide obvious foreshadowing.
February 13, 2014
Though an admirable shake-up of the typically overbearing, munch-intensive undead yarn, "The Returned" is still a far cry from the smarts-and-shocks zombie allegories George Romero mastered.
February 13, 2014
Doesn't overwhelm, but it manages a smart tone of dread mixed with panic, reviving stale elements by attacking the subject matter from an unusual point of view.
February 13, 2014
One of the most original, entertaining, and creepy zombie movies of recent years.
February 12, 2014
...worthwhile, but could have been so much better with another polish or two.
February 12, 2014
The concept of vigilantism zombie-style raises sympathy for the would-be monsters who just want a normal life, turning the genre on its ear.
February 12, 2014
This is a smart, intense, and frequently tragic horror story.
February 11, 2014
Carballo squeezes an impressive amount of exposition into news reports and medical briefings, but Holden-Ried's and Hampshire's performances are what ground the film ...
February 10, 2014
Manuel Carballo's film proves that the zombie narrative is still capable of subversion, but does so with the laziest, Lifetime-grade intimations of social relevance.