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28 Weeks Later Review

Movies.com Critics

4.0

Dave White Profile

… tense and full of dread … Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    78

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    A ferociously entertaining thriller with sympathetic characters, stunning set pieces and pulsating excitement.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Relentlessly grim and grisly, 28 Weeks Later is not for the faint of heart. But its provocative post-apocalyptic theme makes for a smart and deeply unsettling film.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Excels at creating a keen, creepy sense of a civilization stopped dead in its tracks -- vaporized, almost, except for those disemboweled bodies left still undisposed.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Swift, vicious and grimly imaginative, the zombie film 28 Weeks Later exceeds its predecessor, "28 Days Later," in every way.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    There's no better fun for movie lovers than a small, unheralded film that turns out to be terrific -- unless it's a small, unheralded sequel that trumps the original.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Apocalyptic zombie sequel isn't for the squeamish.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to the zombie horror fest 28 Days Later is at least as scary and disturbing as the original. Extreme, graphic peril and violence are nonstop; sympathetic characters die, dysfunctional parents' love (or lack thereof) for each other and their children inspires ghastly death, and the ending removes any sense of optimism or hope that the right course has been taken. There are also sexual references and swearing -- if anyone's even paying attention to the dialogue in a movie like this.

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of apocalyptic horror stories. What's the fascination? Is it that they present moral choices in sharp relief? Families can also talk about how the different characters respond to the quarantine -- and why it goes so badly wrong. Is a zero-tolerance policy the only solution?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The "good" guys are the ones who disobey military orders and sacrifice themselves in order to do the right thing -- namely avoid hurting innocent/uninfected people and preserve the only humans who might create the chance for a cure. But their altruistic actions result in more bloody death and ultimate horror. Characters lie and are selfishly motivated.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Savage, unrelenting bloody violence includes helicopter blades shredding through zombies like a giant lawnmower. A woman is beaten to death and her eyes gouged in horrific close-up. Bitings and poundings; rifle fire blows off human limbs. Huge explosions and fire bombings, with both the living and the dead set ablaze. Children are repeatedly threatened with death or injury.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A nude couple having sex is distantly glimpsed though a rifle scope. Un-erotic footage of a woman naked in a shower being scrubbed down in a decontamination process. Discussion of masturbation.

  • language false5

    Language: Much profanity, with frequent uses of both "f--k" and "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some British canned-goods labels shown; posters for assorted bands.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A couple prepares to drink a bottle of liquor, but they don't get around to it.

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