world_war_zReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: So let me be up front and clear — I read and loved Max Brooks’ “World War Z,” and the film opening this weekend should be renamed “Brad Pitt Saves the World.”
  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Nella schiera dei film hollywoodiani per l’estate rimane un oggetto poco identificabile, non completamente riuscito, ma almeno una spanna sopra gli uomini d’acciaio…
  • [New – 11/21] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Publika naviknuta na televizijske standarde zombi-krvoprolica u “Živim mrtvacima” ce se osjecati prevarenima, a da se o fanovima igrica kao što su “Day Z” i “Dead Island” i ne govori.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: This ambitious but confused rendering of Max Brooks’ sprawling novel about a worldwide zombie pandemic has good ideas but never melds them into a narrative with guts or heart.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
    • Excerpt: The familiar zombie routine has never been realized on such an epic scale, but that is the film’s only claim to novelty.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: More “film” than “movie”, World War Z will surprise some viewers and disappoint those looking for conventional structure and conflict. Its plot and plentiful exposition might not stand up to great scrutiny, but Forster keeps things engaging, suspenseful, atmospheric and, like the zombies themselves (a product of fiction evolution), very fast-moving.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: There could be a much better version of this scenario; but there just as easily could be, and have been, versions that are incomparably worse.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: a neutered zombie film
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: One thing Forster’s done well is convey the sheer speed in which a major city can be brought down by the undead…Of course, the decision to convert all this to 3D simply means that many of these quick moving action scenes become a chaotic blur…
  • [New – 11/22] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: It’s fitfully enjoyable as an action film and fairly scary when it wants to be a horror film, but it never fully convinces as either when it tries to be both. There are two perfectly serviceable movies in World War Z, but they just don’t go together especially well.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …the half-baked-ness of the movie’s allegory—much of it probably lost in the endless rejiggering that afflicted its production behind the scenes—undermines the film in the very parts I thought it might distinguish itself.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Guerra Mundial Z es muy tontorrona, pero te lo pasas bien. Y debe de ser la película de zombis menos sangrienta de la historia, lo cual agradezco.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Loosely adapted from Max Brooks’ seminal zombie apocalypse novel of the same name, “World War Z” attempts to make a PG-13, four quadrant, summer tentpole out of what is generally the bloodiest and least respectable horror subgenre. In some regards, it does remarkably well.
  • M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: In the thick of the pandemonium and endless running — as well as flying — for survival, ‘World War Z’ arrives with some level of appreciable intelligence, aspiring to be a thinking person’s popcorn action flick with zombies.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: World War Z may represent a different approach to handling zombies, but it’s not necessarily an effective one.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: If it weren’t for Brad Pitt’s star power, this would be just another apocalyptic, sci-fi zombie thriller with some massive, starkly memorable special effects.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Perhaps the most expensive remake of ‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror’ anyone could ask for.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Has no guts of any kind: it has absolutely nothing to say, and it takes a long, dull, circuitous route to get to that nothing.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: “World War Z” does communicate a palpable and atmospheric aura of global desperation.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Despite what pre-release detractors might have thought, “World War Z” is surprisingly involving and a lot of meat-and-potatoes fun for an epic-scaled, suspense-fraught global-outbreak thriller.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: World War Z is your typical mixed bag of blockbuster mediocrity. As John Hammond would say, they obviously “Spared no expense” in bringing a genre usually reserved for low-budget horror films to the yearning masses via the casting of Brad Pitt and shoehorning as many over-CGI’d set pieces as humanly possible.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Silly, silly, silly … Forster flinches, turns away from the carnage, the equivalent of being afraid of your own shadow.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Two genres that have been facing increased popularity in recent years have come together to form what isn’t a more perfect union, but one which highlights the flaws in both. World War Z is one part zombie movie and one part epidemic film.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Jason McKiernan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: The crux of the story literally consists of this one man traveling from one country to the next, weathering one zombie-ridden action set piece after another, in a flat, episodic rhythm.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Undead on arrival.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Locke Peterseim @ Hammer & Thump / Open Letters Monthly
    • Excerpt: Forget the whole 3D added-value deal–for the price of a single World War Z movie ticket you get at least three movies in one!
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: The lingering image of World War Z is one of massive waves of zombies flooding down the streets and climbing on top of each other to get over a giant wall. They aren’t singular entities but one giant horde, an ocean of insects, or, more pointedly, a virus: the typical zombie pathogen literalized into a mass of beings in search of one collective goal.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Just a straight-forward disaster movie. Irwin Allen couldn’t have made it better.
  • Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: But take a cue from the zombies of World War Z and run, don’t walk, away from this mindless, insulting corpse of a film.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]
  • Phil Villarreal @ COEDMagazine.com
    • Excerpt: Instead, what he gave us was World War Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz