Dawn of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead (1979)

More explicit, faster paced and technically self-assured than Night of the Living Dead (1968), this second in a trilogy of horror movies tells the gruesome tale of corpses rising yet again from the grave as cannibalistic zombies, an army of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever, Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends pure horror and gore with social commentary on bourgeois society.

Variety Staff

Romero's script is banal when not incoherent.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made -- and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying. It is gruesome, sickening, disgusting, violent, brutal and appalling.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Cynical, devastating and relentless, director George A Romero's gruelling masterpiece about the American Dream turning into a terrifying nightmare is a brilliant blend of black comedy and hip, if harrowing, carnage.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Romero's sensibility approaches the Swiftian in its wit, accuracy, excess, and profound misanthropy.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Perhaps horror-movie buffs will consider this an improvement.

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Steve Biodrowski

This sequel to Night of the Living Dead (1968) abandoned the shadowy black-and-white creepiness of its progenitor in favor of a brightly lit color canvas that was bigger, broader, and bloodier.

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David Pirie
Time Out

Undoubtedly the zombie movie to end 'em all.

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Total Film

George Romero's horrific sequel to Night Of The Living Dead finds the zombies still shuffling around Pittsburgh.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Romero's framing of social ills via his rotting, walking metaphors is ingenious but it's the more subtle, unspoken statements that register with the greatest force.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
George A. Romero's sequel to the game changing mega-hit "Night of the Living Dead," this film has the same political undertones, and also subtle… More
Reid Volk
I know, I know, I know. Being the self-proclaimed "horror buff" that I am, I should have already seen this film. In fact, Romero's sequel to the… More
Chris Weber
Some say this is Romero's best work. Me, well, I'm undecided. This is an excellent film though, and not just in horror circles. You can never go wrong… More
Everett Johnson
One of, if not, the best sequel of all time and also one of the best zombie movies of all time. "Dawn of the Dead" is a true horror movie classic,… More
Mark Walker
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Samuel Riley
Once again, George A.Romero has made another successful masterpiece towards the zombie genre. It may not have kicked off a new generation of horror like its… More