The Returned
The Returned (2014)

Directed by Manuel Carballo, THE RETURNED is set in a post-zombie world where a treatment called the "Return Protein" can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. With daily injections,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 14, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2014
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

This is a serious, austere film that feels as if it's barely restraining the B-movie within. In the end, it fights itself to a draw.

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Tomas Hachard

Pivotal scenes dive too deep into melodrama, and there's something inevitably sterile about a script that includes only scenes that propel the plot or provide obvious foreshadowing.

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Jay Stone

Director Manuel Carballo seems to be trying for the psychological unease of Blindness, or perhaps of something by Cronenberg, but it's never more than artificial terror wrapped in bland social commentary.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Carballo also fails to capitalize on the climate of paranoia the script attempts to engender throughout.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Though an admirable shake-up of the typically overbearing, munch-intensive undead yarn, "The Returned" is still a far cry from the smarts-and-shocks zombie allegories George Romero mastered.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Cuttingly sharp and incisive SF horror; a chillingly polite film about the fascism that rises quickly up in a moment of fearful crisis.

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Susan Wloszczyna

Carballo offsets the lack of surprise with such efficient suspense builders as propulsive music, ambient noise, realistic lighting and judicious handheld camerawork while efficiently explaining the science and politics behind what is happening.

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Rob Staeger
Village Voice

Carballo squeezes an impressive amount of exposition into news reports and medical briefings, but Holden-Ried's and Hampshire's performances are what ground the film ...

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Louis Proyect

A zombie movie in which the normal people are to be feared. Modest in scope, but very effective.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
MisterYoda ?
three stars..
Jesse Ortega
Having mixed thoughts about this film. Not sure if I thought this was a very good movie or a 'very good' good movie. I realize that sounds strange… More