Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. Meirelles adds another perspective, that the epidemic might be a good thing if, by being thrown into the darkness together, we may once again recognize the human family to which we all belong.
  2. It's a rattling, heartrending performance (Moore) in, yes, a long, hard slough of a film – one that is well worth the journey, if not a repeat trip.
  3. 75
    It engaged me throughout and I found the ending to be surprisingly hopeful.
  4. At times almost unbearably ugly, but by the time you walk out of the theater, you know you've seen something.
  5. 75
    Visually nervy, beautifully acted, intense and philosophically compelling, it struggles to connect emotionally as it wrestles with the challenging source material.
  6. 75
    A perversely enjoyable, occasionally harrowing adaptation of José Saramago's 1995 disaster allegory.
  7. 63
    I kept hoping the meaning would click into place, but it never quite did.
  8. It's more like a filmed allegory.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 43
  2. Negative: 16 out of 43
  1. carlitod
    Sep 3, 2009
    This movie rocks! A must see. Beautifully shot and executed. a flawless piece of what will one day become cult cinema.
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    This is a great movie. I believe people would be less critical if they have read writer Jose Saramago's (Nobel laurate- 1998) masterpieceThis is a great movie. I believe people would be less critical if they have read writer Jose Saramago's (Nobel laurate- 1998) masterpiece "Blidness" (as it is called in English). the movie is based on it, and succeeds in capturing Saramago's novel. It is unfortunate to see people can't grasp the allegorical nature of this film. Great performances, excellent storyline, magnificent adaptation of the book. A movie that is so underrated that is sad to see that. I think people should read more good literatute (not mere bestsellers)...because if they did, the would have a more open mind too...richer perspectives or life. As for those who are calling 'idiots' to those who appreciate this film, (i.e Edwardsomething) I find absolytelty idiotic their attitude...that shows how narrow their minds are if they believe those who do not see what they do are stupid. Considering that, and after reading his (Edward's) comment, I actually am relieves to be called 'idiot' by him, for if it was the opposite, I would perhaps be worried...seriously worried! Full Review »
  3. SaramangoWeeps
    Feb 13, 2009
    The did a great job at ruining one of the best books I've ever read.