World War Z Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
[A] lousy, ugly-looking, intensely illogical movie.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
August 8, 2013
As both thrilling spectacle and escapist summer entertainment, World War Z is enormously effective, with Brad Pitt at the center hopscotching the globe in search of the origin of a zombie apocalypse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 21, 2013
Pitt conducts himself manfully throughout the proceedings -- he is never less than believable while facing off against this pandemic -- but if I never see another zombie in the movies, I will not feel deprived.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Matt Zoller Seitz
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2013
If you need proof that sometimes more can be less, here you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 21, 2013
As compelling as Pitt is at reflecting the world's pain through Lane's eyes, the movie treats him too often as if he truly is the only one with loved ones to lose or a world to save.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 21, 2013
World War Z hits the blockbuster equivalent of a delicate balance: gargantuan spectacle with a human touch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 21, 2013
World War Z opens with an undeniable bang. But if this is the way the world ends, we're going out with a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 21, 2013
Despite some conventional passages and a soft ending, Forster and Brad Pitt, who is a producer of the film as well as its star, pulled the picture together. They also managed to reawaken in a large-scale movie the experience of shock.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 21, 2013
Director Marc Forster can't do much with the stale human story, in which Pitt leaves his frightened wife and daughters on an aircraft carrier to await his return.
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 21, 2013
Z has guts and energy. It starts its mayhem early and it never lets up.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 21, 2013
World War Z is a perfectly decent thriller, the smartest and most sober action film so far this summer and a grown-up addition to the zombie canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 21, 2013
Whatever problems World War Z encountered in its making, the movie has made it to theaters not dead on arrival, but walking dead, running dead, and - when it's really working - swarming dead.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 20, 2013
The result is a movie that, while no classic, can be credited with giving the audience something a bit more substantive than the usual disposable summer fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013
Against considerable odds, the ability and professionalism of the cast and crew have carried the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 20, 2013
[It] does not try to extend the boundaries of commercial entertainment but does what it can to find interesting ways to pass the time within them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 20, 2013
Given how efficiently World War Z has delivered jolts and screams over the course of its sleek 116-minute running time, it's easy to forgive [its] rushed and slightly muted finale.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 20, 2013
This enjoyable shambles of a sci-fi thriller, directed by Marc Forster in impressive 3-D, stands on its own as a powerful vision of planetary chaos.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 20, 2013
A relentless horror thriller that serves up a chilling vision of a planet in the throes of apocalypse ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 20, 2013
A letdown with a strange mixture of epic apocalyptic material and generic zombie stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2013
The choreography is thought out, and the use of 3-D is at least good enough that I embarrassed myself, leaping in my seat to get out of the way of a zombie that was falling on me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 20, 2013
A fun, if not particularly emotionally engaging, thrill ride ... Unlike the best in the zombie genre, the movie doesn't tap deep into the existential dread of succumbing to mob bloodlust and the fear of the crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 20, 2013
A smart, entertaining zombie flick that's slightly cleverer and classier than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 20, 2013
World War Z is still as smart, shifty and scary as a starving zombie ready to chow down on you, baby, you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 20, 2013
The whole movie seems in many ways like a fortunate accident. But there's no doubting the deliberate wisdom of making a star of Pitt's talent and stature the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 20, 2013
Forster's action scenes are fairly effective, if necessarily far-fetched, and his bouncy, race-track zombies are an interesting hybrid.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 20, 2013
World War Z bucks the current trend in summer blockbusters by feeling weirdly understuffed. It's an episodic adventure without enough episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
A genuine nail-biter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2013
[It] has a fragmentary feel, with its novel multipart style eventually turning a bit jarring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 19, 2013
The surprise of the absorbing, frightening "World War Z" is that what sounds ridiculous on paper turns out be a gripper on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 19, 2013
Entertaining as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 19, 2013
Essentially, it boils down to familiar fare: a well-paced, entertaining, conventional action thriller where a reluctant hero saves the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
June 19, 2013
Pretty much what you'd want in a summer blockbuster: scary but not-too-gross zombies, a journey to exotic locales, a few excellent action scenes, and did we mention Pitt?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 19, 2013
[It] may be the most entertaining and accomplished zombie thriller since George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 19, 2013
Fast, furious and ferocious, "World War Z" proves there's plenty of bite left in zombie cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 19, 2013
Whatever caused all the production angst on this film I don't know, but you never get the feeling that Forster loses control of the images, and "World War Z" contains several of the most effective big-canvas action sequences in recent history.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2013
Even as big-budget blockbusters go, this is a hard movie to connect with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2013
The stakes are high and the excitement's there and the results ... are messy but fairly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2013
Other than the CGI eye candy, which is intense, there is little in the way of layers and complexity to this portrait of pandemonium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 19, 2013
[It] has a relatively plausible perspective on mass catastrophe. It deserves comparisons to Steven Soderbergh's brainy "Contagion."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 19, 2013
Robustly mounted, magnificently photographed and bone-crunchingly terrifying, World War Z towers above every other alleged summer blockbuster. It's the real deal.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 18, 2013
It's just a jumped-up midnight movie that thinks "stuff jumping out at you and making loud noises" equals horror and "perfect human being impervious to everything" equals hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 18, 2013
What's missing is a sense of loss - the horror and grief that should be etched on the faces of the living.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
June 18, 2013
The movie essentially becomes little more than cool set pieces ... jammed together and interspersed with underdeveloped family-strife scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 18, 2013
Here's the oddest element in this tale of Hollywood fine-tuning run rampant: the movie is pretty good -- the summer's most urgent, highest-I.Q. action picture.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 18, 2013
It's an anemic actioner that fosters excitement like dead limbs as it lumbers toward a conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 18, 2013
For all its effectiveness at portraying the horror of possible human extinction, the film's actual humans are so soulless that this could just as well be the movie version of the video game Plants vs. Zombies.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
June 17, 2013
Forster moves the action forward deftly scene by scene, yet the movie ends up feeling sprawling and empty, a "zombies invaded the world and all I got was a lousy T-shirt" enterprise.
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William Goss
Film.com
June 7, 2013
As I understand it, fidelity to Max Brooks' novel has been scant at best, but neither that nor countless post-production woes prevent Paramount's adaptation from serving as an efficient and effectively exciting globe-spanning zombie thriller.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 4, 2013
This is a surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 4, 2013
Brad Pitt delivers a capable performance in an immersive apocalyptic spectacle about a global zombie uprising.