The Crazies
The Crazies (1973)

George A. Romero returns to Night of the Living Dead turf with middling success in this quirky end-of-civilization thriller, also released as The Crazies. The paranoid scenario involves a government-engineered killer virus (identified by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

There's a lot of meat in this double plot, and a lot of reflection on the techniques of cinema itself.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's tough for a dyed-in-the-wool George Romero apologist to observe that a film of Romero's in good repute is an amateurish, exploitative piece of shit

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Fernando F. Croce

Even with no ghouls, Romero exposes a nightmare

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Anton Bitel

Putting the "gory" in "allegory", Romero's film shows the madness of the Vietnam war in all its viral contagion.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An uncommonly interminable piece of work...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Though it sounds like it ought to have more in the way of exploitation and gore, Romero shoots it straight, hoping his social commentary will carry it. It works superbly.

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Scott Weinberg

It may be a second-tier Romero film, but hell, it's still a Romero film.

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Bill Gibron

While George Romero would come to redefine horror once again with his brilliant Dawn of the Dead, this interesting action thriller illustrates the talent it took to be such a consistent genre visionary.

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Rob Gonsalves

Edited at a sprint, the movie is often shocking, occasionally gory, and never boring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A small American town is quarantined by the military to prevent the spread of an extremely virulent contagion that induces madness and death. Made in between… More
Ken Stachnik
Really really really really really really manic.
Aj V
First of all, Romero reuses the plot of Night of the Living Dead, but sets it outside instead. I don't know what the point of this movie is supposed to… More
Alex roy
After Romero directed his legendary film Night Of The Living Dead in 1968, he shifted into different territory and made quite a few flops in the 70's. One… More
James Alvarez
I think I watch Romero movies just so I can give them 1 star.
Conner Rainwater
I think the fact that this movie has people in nutty gas masks is amazing enough, but it's actually an ultra realistic look at the spread of infection. It… More