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  • Summary: Jason Creed and a small crew of college filmmakers are in the Pennsylvania woods making a no-budget horror film when they hear the terrifying news that the dead have started returning to life. Led by Jason's girlfriend, Debra, the frightened young filmmakers set off in a friend's oldJason Creed and a small crew of college filmmakers are in the Pennsylvania woods making a no-budget horror film when they hear the terrifying news that the dead have started returning to life. Led by Jason's girlfriend, Debra, the frightened young filmmakers set off in a friend's old Winnebago to try to get back to the only safety and security they know: their homes. But there is no escape from the crisis or any real home for them to go back to anymore. Everything they depend upon--all that they hold dear--is fractured as the plague of the living dead begins to spread. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    100
    A giddy kick-out-the-jams entertainment. Diary takes a tack that's not exactly new, but is new to Romero, and as one might expect, the director brings a sharp and uncompromising new perspective to it.
  2. 88
    This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack. Isn't it time that we give Romero his due? It's hardly an accident that Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg and Wes Craven recognize Romero as a master. He is.
  3. 78
    Diary of the Dead is meant to scare your pants off, blow your mind out the back of your skull, and then deposit you ungently back into reality, quaking a little, maybe, but still alive and, unlike the undead, thinking.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    Visually, Romero's ersatz-DIY experiment isn't as suave as Brian De Palma's similar effort in the recent and risible "Redacted," nor as exactingly engineered as the video convulsions of "Cloverfield," but its scrappy, ultra-low-budget edges are part of its charm.
  5. Diary of the Dead isn't bad; it's a kicky B movie hiding inside a draggy, self-conscious-work-of-auteurist-horror one.
  6. With Diary of the Dead, Romero goes back to the beginning, only this time the amateurish look is calculated and the resulting film far less effective - if only because a handful of filmmakers have beaten him to the punch.
  7. 40
    A limp and dreary experience, at least after you get past its intriguing premise. It's poorly written and woodenly acted, completely formulaic and hopelessly imprisoned by both its genre and finally its form.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 44
  2. Negative: 19 out of 44
  1. TarekM.
    Aug 16, 2008
    10
    Not Romero's finest, but still a dazzling gore fest.
  2. Robin
    Jun 1, 2008
    9
    Romero at his best. Classic filmmaking for a new world - while not letting go of social context and zombie gore. Makes you think, and makes you feel.
  3. DrewF
    May 26, 2008
    8
    Another solid entry in the landmark "Dead" series. Romero has never tried to be anything but blunt, yet his films always have something Another solid entry in the landmark "Dead" series. Romero has never tried to be anything but blunt, yet his films always have something interesting to say about the social climate in which they are made. Characters are surprisingly appealing, given the format and past history in the 'cinema verite' genre. Worth a look. Expand
  4. KrisW.
    Jun 23, 2008
    4
    my girlfriend and i love really bad horror movies. even more so when zombies and a lot of gore are involved. but this takes the cake. this my girlfriend and i love really bad horror movies. even more so when zombies and a lot of gore are involved. but this takes the cake. this was so horribly done, she and i had a hard time finding a moment that we couldnt stop taking it seriously. yeah its a romero zombie film but they've now become so tiresome that its become hard to take it for even its entertainment value. and, was it just us, or did that well-endowed blonde somehow develop a southern accent halfway through the movie ?? the 1s person camera view was poorly put together. Cloverfield was so so much more worth seeing. Expand
  5. GabrielL
    Feb 17, 2008
    3
    I don't know how in the hell this movie got any good reviews. If it wasn't directed by Romero it would have been straight to DVD. I don't know how in the hell this movie got any good reviews. If it wasn't directed by Romero it would have been straight to DVD. The audience I was in laughed so much at the lame dialogue that you would have thought it was a comedy. There isn't a well acted character in the movie. The Amish guy everyone seems to love was only in the movie for five minutes, and is likable because he's the only character who doesn't say anything stupid. Any social commentary is delivered by obnoxious college dimwits or the drunk college professor (who got more unintentional laughs than anyone.) There are a few good zombie deaths and by-the-numbers scares...enough for three points...but otherwise, you should just rent the original Dawn of the Dead, or Slither if you want something newer. Seriously though, watch Slither, it's awesome...and don't waste your delicious brain on this crapfest. Expand
  6. ArthurV.
    Feb 19, 2008
    2
    This is another great example of reviewers losing the plot and reviewing the legacy of the filmmaker and other films of the genre and NOT This is another great example of reviewers losing the plot and reviewing the legacy of the filmmaker and other films of the genre and NOT reviewing the film in front of them. This film is one of th worst I've ever seen. The acting is absolutely terrible and drew many unintentional laughs throughout. The "social commentary" in the film is delivered with the subtlety of a sledgehammer and is best left to films that are not terribly written zombie flicks. A couple of the zombie deaths are noteworthy, though hardly worth the price of admission. How this got theatrical distribution is beyond me...this should've been straight-to-video all the way! Thanks to all the big-time mainstream reviewers who, as they did with their reviews of 'The Host' last year, proved their lack of relevance and out-of-touch-ness all the more by giving this movie ridiculously high grades. To those who have not yet put down money to see this film yet...I tell you this with the best of intentions...DON'T DO IT! Save your money, honestly you'd be better off burning it or eating it...at least then it'd be put to better use! Expand
  7. DanielC.
    Mar 11, 2008
    0
    This is quite simply the worst movie ever made, from the shocking script, to the terrible acting and to the even worse directing, this film This is quite simply the worst movie ever made, from the shocking script, to the terrible acting and to the even worse directing, this film was an embarrassment. Its possibly the closest i have ever been to walking out of a cinema. People were laughing at bits that weren't meant to be funny and as for the English guy (who seemed to have just fallen out of a Shakespeare play) his 'Mornings and Mirrors' speech was possibly the biggest load of old rubbish i have ever heard. As for the part where the guy dressed as a mummy chases the girl into the woods, OH MY GOD..was that meant to be funny?!! Anyone who gives this film a good score must be one of the undead themselves, because no one in their right mind would actually enjoy this pile of nonsense... This film should have gone straight to DVD, actually no its so poor it should have gone straight to video, preferably betamax so no one ever has to sit through this ever again!!! Expand

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