Dawn of the Dead
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Director George A. Romero's epic sequel to his legendary Night of the Living Dead has firmly established itself as the equal of its ground-breaking predecessor. Though shot in 1978 -- ten years after the first films' release -- Dawn's story begins as if the events in Night had happened only a few months before: after shambling armies of the recently-dead take over every major city -- seeking warm human flesh for food -- the U.S. government imposes a state of martial law, sending in special National Guard units to attack and destroy zombie infestation where they find it. Two members… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Romero's script is banal when not incoherent."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Romero, who was his own editor this time out, keeps the scenes clipped and purposeful."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"I still get queasy thinking about the biker and the blood pressure machine!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Romero's sensibility approaches the Swiftian in its wit, accuracy, excess, and profound misanthropy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Perhaps horror-movie buffs will consider this an improvement."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"In a rare league of ingenious horror films that are utterly timeless..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Romero's apocalyptic vision looks more like prophecy than fiction."
‑ Marco Lanzagorta, PopMatters
"Undoubtedly the zombie movie to end 'em all."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"This is both a fine straight-up horror and an archly sly comment on consumer society."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Dawn of the Dead abandons easy scare tactics in favor of a darkly satirical assault on bourgeois culture, traditional notions of masculinity, and rampant consumerism."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Grim, gruelling but beautifully shot, this is intelligent, sophisticated horror."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
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