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Bruce McDonald, critically acclaimed director of The Tracey Fragments, teams with author Tony Burgess to adapt Burgess' own novel about a small town in the grip of a mysterious frenzy. It may be Valentine's Day, but for caustic radio personality Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) that's just another reason to be miserable. Mazzy used to be a certified radio superstar, but working in Pontypool is a far shot from working in the big city. Today, however, as Mazzy prepares for his regular routine of reading the weather, updating school closings, and pleading his case for a little on-air… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This low-budget picture is a little too claustrophobic, and it grows tedious. The ominous, overbearing musical score tries but fails to jack up the tension."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"For a while, this claustrophobic little horror movie is a dark little treat."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Alarmingly intelligent and deeply disorienting, Pontypool plays as a radically different film upon subsequent viewings, its metaphor-filled dialogue seeming to shift and alter in meaning with every scene."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Its a mighty strange beast, an intellectual B-movie that offers equal parts semiotics and projectile gore."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"This year Canada's PONTYPOOL ranks as high as any United States science fiction films I have seen."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"This cerebral horror movie plays Scrabble with the genre's cinematic lingo."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"If you're a devotee of the deranged mind of Canadian indie auteur Bruce McDonald, then I can just tell you that he's made a horror movie (kind of) and that Pontypool is it."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"A winning combination of shuddery suspense and intelligent observations."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Laurie Anderson would be proud: language is a virus in [this] zombie(-esque) thriller set almost entirely within the walls of a basement radio station."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"An entertaining cerebral chiller."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"However shrewdly contrived to keep its budget low, Pontypool, set almost entirely in a basement radio station, is a zombie flick sans bite."
‑ Rob Nelson, Variety
"A horror flick that's all talk and (almost) no action? The risk pays off better than you'd think."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"As a horror fan, this high-minded Talk Radio of the Living Dead left me as cold as a Pontypool winter."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Interesting zombie flick. A little too claustrophobic with all of the scenes in a makeshift radio station. Too much description and not enough action, almost like War of the World's radio broadcast. Still, worth watching once. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Compellingly apocalyptic."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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