'Zombieland' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   31 reviews
90%
Rotten Tomatoes:   218 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Zombieland takes full advantage of both possibilities of the species as well as the current boom in zombiephilia.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    A minor diversion dripping in splatter and groaning with self-amusement.
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  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    A very ridiculous film which is also a treat.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    The humor is vicious and the supporting cast is viscous. But underlying the carnage in Zombieland is a sweetly beating heart.
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  • Ruth McCann Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Wildly implausible, slightly scary and plot-lite though Zombieland is, it stands to add a few comic bons mots to popular parlance.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Zombieland makes up in laughter what it lacks in screams, and the arch weariness with which it looks out at undead America hides a frisky yet disturbing message: We're closer than we think.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Scott Foundas Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Ho-hum zombie mayhem lurks around every bend, but the movie's comic tone becomes increasingly strained.
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  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    The undead here could be a rabid group of Garfield toys; it really doesn't matter. What matters is the hyper-crisp, snappy visual pizazz (Fleischer should be tapped for a midlevel superhero flick), the laughs and how well it's all played.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    An improbably delicious comedy about a quartet of human survivors crossing an America that's been taken over by ravenous hordes. (There's even a Charlie Chaplin zombie working Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theater.)
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  • Cary Darling Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    When it comes to genre filmmaking, Zombieland, a grisly comedy about yet another attack of the ravenous undead, does just about everything right.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    We won't ruin it. Let's just say that if laughter distinguishes humans from zombies, then you'll know just how human you are after the quartet's visit to a mansion in Los Angeles.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    ...if you weren't foolish enough to have, say, a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs in advance of seeing it, you... will have a lot of fun.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Who would have guessed such a funny movie as Zombieland could be made around zombies? No thanks to the zombies.
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  • Cliff Doerksen Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Scattershot but sharp, this postapocalyptic road comedy gives Shaun of the Dead a run for its money.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    From its inventive opening credits to a surprise cameo and accompanying laugh-riot Ghostbusters homage, the zom-com Zombieland delivers gore and gags in equally satisfying spurts, so to speak.
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  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    It's a black-blood-spitting mugging of a movie, but it's also relentlessly funny and innovative, the sort of film that makes you writhe and laugh at the same time.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Zombieland skimps on nothing. That includes graphic violence, naturally. But just because you don't need a lot more brain power than the zombies employ to enjoy it doesn't mean you won't enjoy it plenty.
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  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Harrelson's unexpected line readings and reactions sometimes elevate Zombieland to a level of inspired nonsense worthy of Shaun of the Dead.
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  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Though both female characters are underwritten and the movie ends too soon, after a routinely action-packed final act that isn't as fresh as the rest, Zombieland is still the funniest broad comedy since The Hangover.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    Zombieland is the funniest zombie movie since Shawn of the Dead, funnier even than Fido! This is a 28 Days Later played for laughs -- lots of them, endless jokes, one-liners and sight gags.
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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    "Nut up or shut up," is the most quotable of Woody Harrelson's cowboy maxims in the genre mash-up Zombieland, and squeamish moviegoers should take it as gospel.
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  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    At a brisk 80 minutes, the flick isn't a minute too short. Better yet, for those with a sweet fang for confections, it's far more charming than chilling and way more funny than frightening.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Zombieland is a romance, a comedy, a road movie and a freewheeling schlock horrorfest, all in one.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Josh Levin Slate (Top Critic)
    Zombieland, with its belching, goo-spewing undead, looks at the scenery of a video game through a fanboy's eyes.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    By the time Zombieland reached its climax, I actually cared about who lived and died, and that reaction honestly took me by surprise.
    Full Review » 5 years ago