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Shaun of the Dead Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

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

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    For those who like their spoofs silly and their cartoonish gore vivid, Shaun offers some amusement.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's worth sticking around for the coda too as it contains some hilarious and very politically incorrect suggestions as to how zombies might be put to work once they've been tamed.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The daffy, innately British joke that propels the cheeky U.K. comedy hit Shaun of the Dead is that although real zombies have risen up -- slacker wankers Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal and roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), are too slack, wankerish, and blitheringly British to notice.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    A gleefully gory, pitch-perfect parody of George Romero's zombie films. But this isn't a movie about other movies. Shaun of the Dead stands on its own.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Plenty of funny moments, but not for the faint of heart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for kids. Although it's more of a comedy than a true horror movie, there is still enough blood, guts, and gore to turn your stomach and make you avert your eyes. It's also extremely violent -- zombies and humans try to kill each other in every way possible -- biting, shooting, stabbing, impaling, etc. There is almost nonstop profanity and some crude humor. There's also a lot of smoking and drinking, and there are a few drug references. There are also some intense scenes, such as when a son is forced to kill his zombie mother and some characters consider killing themselves.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of zombie movies. They can also talk about satire, and point out the many instances that occur in this film.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A man has to kill his zombie mother and characters contemplate suicide.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic, bloody gore. Humans and zombies constantly try to kill each other in various ways -- by biting, shooting, impaling, stabbing, etc.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sexual references and crude humor.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of extremely strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Product placement for Coke and Jaguar.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Nonstop drinking and smoking -- many scenes set in a bar. Some drug references.