Resident Evil
Resident Evil (2002)

The director of Mortal Kombat (1995) adapts another popular video game for the big screen with this gory action thriller. Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as Alice and Rain, two members of a commando team assigned to infiltrate… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Like other video game adapations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.

Scott Foundas

Despite a promising setup, pic never really goes anywhere, instead immersing viewers in a kinetic onslaught of flesh (namely, that of Milla Jovovich) and flesh-eaters (most of the rest of the cast).

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's completely pointless.

Sebastian Zavala Kahn
Más Gamers

A merely acceptable adaptation that feels more like a supernatural thriller with a couple of references to the game, involuntarily funny dialogue, and decent performances, than a terrifying production. [Full review in Spanish]

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Hats off, however, to the production team for the set designs and one very imaginative death-by-laser sequence. The rest is a derivative, tedious mess.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

An already thin story boils down to surviving invaders seeking an existent anti-virus. If only there were one for this kind of movie.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

This routine video-game spinoff borrows heavily from James Cameron action flicks and George Romero zombie epics but doesn't do much else.

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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

On its own terms, Resident Evil updates the zombie genre with an anti-corporate message while still scaring its audience and providing heart-pounding action.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

It all looks and plays like a $40 million version of a game you're more likely to enjoy on a computer.

Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

This adaptation captures the spirit of the video games and with its fun, anything can happen mindset and tons of over the top violence, 'Resident Evil' proves there may be a future for video game movies yet.

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Alex roy
Resident Evil is one of those films that is pure popcorn fun from start to finish. The film was made purely for that reason. If you're looking for any form… More
Spencer S.
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Everett Johnson
Ok, first and foremost, I don't play video games(other than some on my phone). I've never really played "Resident Evil", so I don't… More