Shaun of the Dead
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It's often said that the true character of a man is only revealed in times of dire crisis, and for likable, lovelorn loser Shaun (Simon Pegg), that moment of reckoning came when the dead rose from their slumber to feast on the flesh of the living. A hapless electronics store employee who spends most of his spare time downing pints at the local pub with his roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun's life seems to fall apart when he is dumped by his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), and his obnoxious stepfather, Philip (Bill Nighy), shows up to berate him for not being more attentive to his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Mixing horror and humor is no mean feat, but Shaun Of The Dead tightens throats in fear without making the laughs stick there in the process."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The cast make a cosy fit, the patter is still sitcom snappy, but Wright also has the visual snap to carry this saga of backyard apocalypse."
‑ Nick Bradshaw, Time Out
"It may only be April, but what we have here is pretty likely to be the British comedy of the year, its knockout final punchline planting a silly grin on your face that takes some while to fade."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"For everyone who likes good acting and great writing, it's a bloody fun time and a wonderful display of how parody should be done."
‑ Chad Nelson, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Enough of a pointed study of character that it's more than just a collection of some of the best and most ridiculous jokes in a generation."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The pasty, scruffy Pegg shows a surprising amount of range for the unlikely hero of a zombie flick."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"The zombie-movie genre already has some wink-wink funny entries, but this U.K. smash hit, written by Pegg and Wright, takes the prize. It's a bloody hoot."
‑ Devin Gordon, Newsweek
"Despite the emphasis on humour, Shaun shows its zombie movie credentials with some impressively gory special effects makeup and a willingness to despatch cast members in an exceptionally gruesome fashion."
‑ Wendy Ide, Screen International
"If you like Pegg and director Edgar Wright's cult Channel 4 series Spaced, you'll enjoy this deadpan blend of undergraduate humour and hardcore horror, which ransacks George A Romero's Dead saga and virtually every Italian zombie flick for inspiration."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Smart, likeable and consistently funny, Shaun Of The Dead is one of the most popular British comedies of the last few decades, and deservedly so."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"The movie bogs down and the humor seems to dry up, though the blood continues to well, spurt and spew."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"For those who don't mind a little laughter with their zombies (or perhaps it should be the other way around), this is an unusual source of entertainment."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Some scenes are too talky, too much like a sitcom, but whenever that threatens to sink the film, the zombies appear and save the day (if you see what I mean)."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Pegg, who cowrote Shaun with director Edgar Wright, shows off expert timing, whacking punchlines and zombies with equal panache."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Like Romero's best efforts, the movie is motored by a keen observational reality, cleverly twisting the characters' mundane world inch by inch until the real nightmare dawns on them."
‑ , Total Film
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