Handling the Undead

critic Reviews

, 74% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A grounded zombie picture with emotional bite, Handling the Undead shuffles along at a patient pace but succeeds as a poignant and thoughtful addition to the genre.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    Hvistendahl treats the audience with respect, her and Lindqvist’s reworking of the latter’s source material respectful, intelligent, and overflowing in empathy.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Composer Peter Raeburn’s beautifully sad soundtrack along with Pål Ulvik Rokseth’s cinematography contribute to creating a tragic mood that’s hard to let go of after the film’s sad conclusion.
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    Brent SimonAV Club
    The cooking comparison for Handling the Undead would be a sauce that’s broken, its elements having separated. There’s a genuine sense of lived-in sadness here, but this would-be elegy doesn't offer quite enough mesmeric insights to justify its somberness.
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    Alissa WilkinsonNew York Times
    “Handling the Undead” also eschews any of the practical questions, but with a more humanist intent: to lean single-mindedly into its characters’ emotions — and also its eerie mythical resonance.
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    Katie RifeRogerEbert.com
    Hvistendahl’s film is absorbing, even captivating at times. But it moves at a pace that can be charitably described as “measured.” (The uncharitable word is “sluggish.”)
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    It’s an incredibly somber film, one washed in hues of blue and green, and it gets under your skin, making you question how you would react if you could have more time with a lost loved one, even if you knew immediately there would be a cost.
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    Bee DeloresHorrorverse
    It's far less about action-packed sequences and tons of blood and far more about the emotional response to a zombie apocalypse.
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    Sharai BohannonHorror Movie Blog
    It feels like I sat down at my favorite restaurant, ordered my favorite meal, and then discovered a new chef was in the kitchen. It’s familiar, but it’s not quite right.
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    Rob GonsalvesRob's Movie Vault
    One can be grateful for not having to stare at gory slaughter and still wish there were something here to break the suffocating trance of sadness.
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    Desirée De FezFotogramas
    ... As horrifying as it is beautiful, that, without moving away from drama, feeds on horror films to become a forceful exploration of grief and guilt. [Full review in Spanish]
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