They Came Back
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The recently dead return to life in They Came Back, but they are surprisingly uninterested in feasting on the living. Many of them are, naturally enough, elderly, and they seem content merely to go back to their former lives, but their return causes a myriad of complications. Robin Campillo, making his feature directorial debut, co-wrote the script to Laurent Cantet's Time Out, and his "zombie" movie quietly examines the individual and societal impact the dead have on the small French city -- just one of many similarly afflicted throughout the world -- to which they return. Isham… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"A contemplative off-beat drama taking a very original look at how society copes with death."
‑ Henry Northmore, The List
"Leave it to the French to take all the fun out of a Zombie flick, overly intellectualizing even the most base of cinema forms."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"a kind of aborted film that's mostly about how paranoid people are, and not the mind-f*** that it really ought to have been"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Occupying a crepuscular space between life and death, wakefulness and sleep, arthouse and genre, Campillo's astonishing debut is as unnervingly oneiric as it is oddly moving."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"It's an original in a genre done to death (pun intended)."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A triumph of internal horror."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"[Director Robin Campillo's] camera seems to deliberately circle around death, examining it from every angle."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"...this film's engagingly original premise allows for some probing social exploration but ultimately fails to draw any real conclusions."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A creative and intelligent recycling of the dead returning for non-horror purposes, but it runs into pacing problems toward the middle."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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