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Land of the Dead Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The latest installment could well be Romero's masterpiece. Taking full advantage of state-of-the-art makeup and visual effects, he has a more vivid canvas at his disposal, not to mention two decades worth of pent-up observations about American society.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Romero's newest is a horror movie for hard-core fans of the gory and the gruesome and a classic genre film for genre aficionados.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In Land of the Dead there are virtually no good parts. The movie is listless and uninspired.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    It's fairly solid fun, though, without breaking any new ground, just as January's remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" was.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Romero finds still new and entertaining ways for unspeakably disgusting things to happen to the zombies and their victims.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Vintage Romero – bloody, grisly, and not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this zombie movie is relentlessly, though resourcefully, bloody, and not for children. Parents should be aware that it follows in a tradition largely established by director George Romero, aiming for innovative uses of grisly special effects makeup with a focus on loose body parts, vicious dismemberments, and exposed viscera. (Aficionados of the genre will appreciate the outrageousness.) When they aren't killing or eating each other, characters smoke, drink, dress scantily, do drugs, prostitute and pimp, and use foul language.

  • Families can talk about this movie's class analysis. Aside from the obvious social and moral problem posed by the greedy rich man in a tower, the film also presents zombies as a class exploited by humans. How do the zombies become analogous to slaves? Why might the underclass humans (locked outside the fortress city and mall) identify with the zombies? How do the heroes triumph by banding together and trusting each other, rather than fighting each other?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Human villains dedicated to cruel class system, with zombies exploited as entertainment.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Zombies eat people; people shoot and chop up zombies; burning, exploding, and torn-in-half bodies.

  • sex false3

    Sex: References to prostitution, night club sexuality, lesbian kissing.

  • language false5

    Language: Harsh language to indicate fear, aggression,and macho posturing.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Humans holed up in a mall, so commercial appeals are evident.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, drugs, smoking