They Came Back
They Came Back (2004)

The recently dead return to life in They Came Back, but they are surprisingly uninterested in feasting on the living. Many of them are, naturally enough, elderly, and they seem content merely to go back to their former lives, but their… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 14, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Henry Northmore
The List

A contemplative off-beat drama taking a very original look at how society copes with death.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Leave it to the French to take all the fun out of a Zombie flick, overly intellectualizing even the most base of cinema forms.

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Christopher Null

a kind of aborted film that's mostly about how paranoid people are, and not the mind-f*** that it really ought to have been

Anton Bitel

Occupying a crepuscular space between life and death, wakefulness and sleep, arthouse and genre, Campillo's astonishing debut is as unnervingly oneiric as it is oddly moving.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It's an original in a genre done to death (pun intended).

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A triumph of internal horror.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

[Director Robin Campillo's] camera seems to deliberately circle around death, examining it from every angle.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...this film's engagingly original premise allows for some probing social exploration but ultimately fails to draw any real conclusions.

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Mark R. Leeper

A creative and intelligent recycling of the dead returning for non-horror purposes, but it runs into pacing problems toward the middle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
A very unconventional and ingenious contribution to an increasingly unimaginative genre. Eerily off-center and unsettling.
Jesse Ortega
I really liked this movie and how it tries to do something that turns the "zombie" genre completely on its ears. I've never seen a movie that… More
Drew Smith
They Came Back is an odd little yarn with no greater meaning, which I think probably threw a lot of watchers for a loop. There are no conclusions to be drawn,… More
Sylvester Kuo
If you were looking for something gory then you came to the wrong place, They Came Back is about the dead suddenly coming back to life in full health and were… More
_kelly .King
An interesting take on the zombie model. No cannibalism, but plenty of scenes that will remind the astute zombie viewer of many classic shots.