Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Zombie rom-com starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as a bummed-out living dead who falls for the living girlfriend of one of his victims. Also stars John Malkovich, Rob Corddry and Dave Franco. From the director of 50/50, based on the debut novel by Isaac Marion.

Zombies dominate the planet after a worldwide epidemic, as chronicled by undead narrator 'R' (Hoult) whose inner monologue is thankfully more articulate than his outward grunting vocabulary. When R encounters human Julie (Teresa Palmer) and rescues her from an attack, he forms a unique connection with her - a relationship that has the potential to transform an almost lifeless world. But first R will have to win Julie over with his rather limited zombie dating abilities, as well as gain the approval of her father Grigio (Malkovich), leader of a heavily fortified outpost of human survivors. Then there are the vicious undead known as "bonies" to worry about.

2013Rating: M, contains horror themes, violence and infrequent coarse language98 minsUSA
ComedyDramaHorrorRomance

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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

Director Jonathan Levine proved adept at blending various tones with previous films 50/50 and The Wackness, both of which struck a fine balance between drama and comedy and marked him as the right fellow to helm “rom-com-zom” Warm Bodies. As that description suggests, Warm Bodies could have been a complicated mess of a film in the wrong hands, but Levine brings this tale to life without it becoming overwhelmingly jarring.

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Variety

Variety

Hoping to do for flesh-eaters what "The Twilight Saga" did for vampires, albeit on a smaller scale, writer-director Jonathan Levine spins Isaac Marion's novel into a broadly appealing date movie about a zombified Romeo and his lively Juliet.

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Total Film

Total Film

A Frankenstein’s monster of comedy, romance and horror that’s less than its parts, Warm Bodies entertains but underwhelms.

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Time Out

Time Out

Warm Bodies wants us to believe in the transformative power of love, but what of Julie's poor, devoured boyfriend? There's Stockholm syndrome, and then there's cozying up to the monster who ate your sweetheart.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

An inventive charmer that visits all the typical movie scenarios of young love amid chaos and disaster, but with a new dimension: one of the romantic leads is a zombie.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An improbable romance sweetened with appealing performances and buoyed by one of the better cute meets in recent romantic comedy ...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Zombie-ism in the movies is traditionally inspected for metaphorical qualities. Here it could simply be that we males are emotionally dead… until love revives us.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

In doing a little genre bending of romantic schmaltz and horror cheese - some fundamental zombie mythology is turned on its head - the film breathes amusing new life into both.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This character-driven genre meld could have used more edge and energy, and less obvious message-mongering, but it scores in terms of atmosphere, humor and charm.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Somewhere between the pop-culture deconstruction of "Zombieland" and the skewed romance of "(500) Days Of Summer," this manages to make the apocalypse seem charming. Warm is the right word.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

A well-paced, nicely directed, post-apocalyptic love story with a terrific sense of humor and the, um, guts to be unabashedly romantic and unapologetically optimistic.

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