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Directed by Manuel Carballo, THE RETURNED is set in a post-zombie world where a treatment called the "Return Protein" can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the "Returned" are able to live relatively normal lives, but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young, successful and enviable couple that are hiding a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a serious, austere film that feels as if it's barely restraining the B-movie within. In the end, it fights itself to a draw."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"Though an admirable shake-up of the typically overbearing, munch-intensive undead yarn, "The Returned" is still a far cry from the smarts-and-shocks zombie allegories George Romero mastered."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Cuttingly sharp and incisive SF horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Refreshingly intelligent, subversive and psychologically terrifying. It's much more than your average zombie film."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The Returned is sort of about prejudice and paranoia, but for the most part, the social commentary is as absent as the action, with both taking a back seat to clever conceptualizing."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Carballo also fails to capitalize on the climate of paranoia the script attempts to engender throughout."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Carballo squeezes an impressive amount of exposition into news reports and medical briefings, but Holden-Ried's and Hampshire's performances are what ground the film ..."
‑ Rob Staeger, Village Voice
"A zombie movie in which the normal people are to be feared. Modest in scope, but very effective."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Marred by obvious plot developments...and a disappointingly lazy reliance on the very clichés the movie mostly tries to avoid...The Returned is never quite clever or confident enough to become the subversive zombie film it wants to be."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"Doesn't overwhelm, but it manages a smart tone of dread mixed with panic, reviving stale elements by attacking the subject matter from an unusual point of view."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Pivotal scenes dive too deep into melodrama, and there's something inevitably sterile about a script that includes only scenes that propel the plot or provide obvious foreshadowing."
‑ Tomas Hachard, NPR
"Director Manuel Carballo seems to be trying for the psychological unease of Blindness, or perhaps of something by Cronenberg, but it's never more than artificial terror wrapped in bland social commentary."
‑ Jay Stone,
"The Returned is a zombie movie without the zombies, generating scares through social commentary and human nature, which actually makes for a welcome change of pace."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"Carballo offsets the lack of surprise with such efficient suspense builders as propulsive music, ambient noise, realistic lighting and judicious handheld camerawork while efficiently explaining the science and politics behind what is happening."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna,
"One of the most original, entertaining, and creepy zombie movies of recent years."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
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