Pontypool
Pontypool (2009)

A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 21, 2008
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Critic Score
82%
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User Score
69%

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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Witty and restrained but still taut and funny, this Pontypool is a different breed of low-budget zombie film.

Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

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 Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

For a while, this claustrophobic little horror movie is a dark little treat.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

This cerebral horror movie plays Scrabble with the genre's cinematic lingo.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

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.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

A winning combination of shuddery suspense and intelligent observations.

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Rob Nelson
Variety

However shrewdly contrived to keep its budget low, Pontypool, set almost entirely in a basement radio station, is a zombie flick sans bite.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A horror flick that's all talk and (almost) no action? The risk pays off better than you'd think.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

As a horror fan, this high-minded Talk Radio of the Living Dead left me as cold as a Pontypool winter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
just when i thought the zombie genre was totally played out...
Kevin M. Williams
A gravely voiced, caustic, down-at-the-heels radio shock jock demoted to a small town asks his listeners "why would you call 911?" after a strange… More
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Randy Tippy
In a genre that's overexposed, overworked and often overrated <i>Pontypool</i> still manages to be original and intelligent.
Michael S
The first half of Bruce McDonald's "Pontypool" is a sort of masterclass in tension building. The atmosphere and looming dread evoked from the… More
Unknown Hobo
This movie proves just how spectacularly good horror movies can be. Not your standard zombie apocalypse nonsense, Pontypool proves that what you don't see… More