Pontypool (2009)

A psychological thriller in which a deadly virus infects a small Ontario town.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 29, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Witty and restrained but still taut and funny, this Pontypool is a different breed of low-budget zombie film.

Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

This low-budget picture is a little too claustrophobic, and it grows tedious. The ominous, overbearing musical score tries but fails to jack up the tension.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

For a while, this claustrophobic little horror movie is a dark little treat.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

Pontypool's very resonant, localized fright, is to make sense of - to define - the inexplicable.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

This cerebral horror movie plays Scrabble with the genre's cinematic lingo.

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Andrew O'Hehir

If you're a devotee of the deranged mind of Canadian indie auteur Bruce McDonald, then I can just tell you that he's made a horror movie (kind of) and that Pontypool is it.

Abby Olcese

Pontypool has an awful lot going for it. It's technically well made, well acted, creepy, funny, and weird. It's the kind of movie that, if it's seen in the right place and right time, can really have an effect on you.

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Rob Nelson

However shrewdly contrived to keep its budget low, Pontypool, set almost entirely in a basement radio station, is a zombie flick sans bite.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

A horror flick that's all talk and (almost) no action? The risk pays off better than you'd think.

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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Tightly scripted (Tony Burgess) and directed (Bruce McDonald), but Stephen McHattie's Mazzy is the star!

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
just when i thought the zombie genre was totally played out...
Kevin M. Williams
A gravely voiced, caustic, down-at-the-heels radio shock jock demoted to a small town asks his listeners "why would you call 911?" after a strange… More
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Randy Tippy
In a genre that's overexposed, overworked and often overrated <i>Pontypool</i> still manages to be original and intelligent.
Michael S
The first half of Bruce McDonald's "Pontypool" is a sort of masterclass in tension building. The atmosphere and looming dread evoked from the… More
Unknown Hobo
This movie proves just how spectacularly good horror movies can be. Not your standard zombie apocalypse nonsense, Pontypool proves that what you don't see… More