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 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 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 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.