Dawn of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead (1979)

Viewers who haven't seen George Romero's low-budget horror masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, might be at a loss during the first sequences of Dawn of the Dead. The opening scenes rely so much on familiarity with the earlier film… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 24, 1979
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever, Dawn of the Dead perfectly blends pure horror and gore with social commentary on material society.

Variety Staff

Romero's script is banal when not incoherent.

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David Pirie
Time Out

Undoubtedly the zombie movie to end 'em all.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

. . . I recently watched Dawn of the Dead, and I'm happy to tell you, George Romero's film has still got it.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Romero's sensibility approaches the Swiftian in its wit, accuracy, excess, and profound misanthropy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Dawn of the Dead is one of the best horror films ever made -- and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying. It is gruesome, sickening, disgusting, violent, brutal and appalling.

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Total Film

George Romero's horrific sequel to Night Of The Living Dead finds the zombies still shuffling around Pittsburgh.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Between atrocities the movie has its funny moments and funny lines. It's just difficult to relish the humor when you're dripping in so much gore.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Perhaps horror-movie buffs will consider this an improvement.

Alan Jones
Radio Times

Cynical, devastating and relentless, director George A Romero's gruelling masterpiece about the American Dream turning into a terrifying nightmare is a brilliant blend of black comedy and hip, if harrowing, carnage.

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