Diary of the Dead
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Horror icon George A. Romero effectively hits the "reset" button on his hugely influential Dead series with this scaled-back look at the zombie apocalypse as told from the perspective of a student filmmaker who sets out to shoot a low-budget fright film, but instead captures the breakdown of modern society at the decaying hands of flesh-eating ghouls. Jason Creed (Joshua Close) and his crew are shooting a mummy movie in the Pennsylvania woods when media reports begin pouring in about the dead rising from their graves to feast on the flesh of the living. While self-centered star… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We want to high-five Romero for finding new ways to off his lifeless marauders."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Like the recent 'Cloverfield', Romero uses the kinetic immediacy of digital video shot on-the-run, but in a more sophisticated and disturbing way."
‑ , Time Out
"One needn't be a splatter junkie to miss Romero's marshalling of action across multiple theaters. But the maestro finds a way to slay intellectual and aesthetic antsiness with the same bullet."
‑ Mark Asch, Stop Smiling
"Trenchantly implicates the media into the ongoing apocalypse that in previous Dead chapters already included family, capitalism, the military, class divides"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"For Romero, someone who still retains respect and admiration for previous work, Diary of the Dead points to the realization that it is time to close the door on zombie movies and move to other horror subjects."
‑ Steve Ramos, Screen International
"Not only the most satisfying motion picture Romero has made in a long while, but one of the best of his career."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's a shame to speak ill of the dead, but Romero leaves us no alternative."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Not the best but certainly far from the worst of Romero's series of accounts of an epidemic of dead people coming to life to eat the living."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A sly but low-level zombie movie for the YouTube crowd."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Once again the master of the independent genre film manages to bring something fresh and worthy to the table."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"It's clever, or at least clever enough to keep you going and interested from start to finish. It just isn't scary."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Hardly top-drawer Romero. In fact, it may be his worst zombie film yet. But even bad Romero is a far sight more interesting than the coolly sadistic guts-porn that currently passes for mainstream horror."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"In Romero's apocalypse, the brutish and soulless hold sway, and that's just the humans."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's rough around the edges, dirty in the middle, and stained through with a sort of nihilistic humanism that ultimately unsettles more than the lurching undead themselves."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"I hate to say this -- partly because I don't want it to be true and partly because it's such a terrible pun -- but could the zombie movie finally be dead?"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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