Doomsday

Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    Marshall reveals himself to be a terrific showman of chaos and comic savagery. This is Baz Luhrmann's "Mad Max."
  2. One caveat: The film has more blood-splatter than a dozen zombie movies. If you can handle that, Doomsday's drunken mash-up of futuristic and feudal is surprisingly satisfying.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Neil Marshall's flair for visceral action more than compensates for his script's lack of conceptual novelty in Doomsday. Principally South Africa-shot tale of a post-apocalyptic Great Britain cobbles together large chunks of "Escape From New York," "The Road Warrior," "28 Days Later" and "Resident Evil," but those with a taste for revved-up, splattery fantasy thrills won't be complaining.
  4. 63
    Marshall delivers what he promises and Mitri makes for a cool, kick-arse heroine in the Ellen Ripley mold.
  5. 58
    Marshall’s fixation on John Carpenter and early James Cameron is all too apparent, but his own distinctive cinematic style isn’t, making Doomsday a likeably rambling but generic shoot-’em-up.
  6. 50
    Doomsday tries to cram so much into its limited 105 minutes that aspects end up feeling rushed and confused (especially the political situation in England) and the ending is perfunctory.
  7. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    50
    As a guilty pleasure, it’s spectacularly entertaining
  8. 50
    Just to shake things up a little, I guess, the creators of the laughably over-the-top Doomsday thought it might be fun to turn the survivors of a deadly epidemic, rather than its victims, into maniacal murderers.
  9. Mitra, clad in the requisite tight, sexy outfits, conveys a suitable toughness but little in the way of personality, while such distinguished British actors as Bob Hoskins and Adrian Lester dutifully show up to collect their paychecks.
  10. Marshall cribs whole sections from other movies (Aliens and The Road Warrior, most blatantly) so baldly that you have to wonder how he'd like it if someone ripped off "The Descent" this egregiously.
  11. 50
    Marshall, like his characters, does not mess around: Good people do bad things to not-entirely bad people while the Man (in this case No. 10 Downing St.) seeks ways to screw everyone.
  12. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    40
    I still believe with all my heart that no movie with real car stunts, a tough-chick hero, and a severed head that thunks directly into the camera can be all bad. But this is pushing it.
  13. In terms of story, “The Descent” and Doomsday are as different as two genre films can be, but the falloff in artistic quality is still quantifiable. Where “The Descent” was a slow, quiet, exquisitely modulated, startlingly original film, Doomsday is frenetic, loud, wildly imprecise and so derivative that it doesn’t so much seem to reference its antecedents as try on their famous images like a child playing dress-up. Homage without innovation isn’t homage, it’s karaoke.
  14. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    40
    Marshall's film is crammed full of good ideas but doesn't have the cohesion to pull them all together. Less effective than "Dog Soldiers," never mind "The Descent."
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 152 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 80
  2. Negative: 29 out of 80
  1. Jayno
    Aug 4, 2008
    0
    No. Ultra garbage boring and confusing
  2. Nov 27, 2012
    1
    Someone role a die for every 20 minutes to determin what shoul come next as the theme. Worst plot ever!! Zombies, punkers, middle age andSomeone role a die for every 20 minutes to determin what shoul come next as the theme. Worst plot ever!! Zombies, punkers, middle age and carchase.... Seriously one of the worst movies ever!! Full Review »
  3. Aug 24, 2010
    5
    Shamelessly rips off Resident Evil (Not the best source of inspiration) and Sol (the antagonist) looks like Keith Flints stranger brother. IShamelessly rips off Resident Evil (Not the best source of inspiration) and Sol (the antagonist) looks like Keith Flints stranger brother. I love the first 10 mins of the movie and if neil marshall had kept the quality up then I'd happily recommend this, however it falls flat after that, following the introduction of Snake Pliss.., I mean Eden Sinclair. Also medieval armor appears to be plentiful and is Scotland really that bad in that it degenerates in 28 or so years. It actually does somewhat stand up for what it's worth but when compared to Marshals previous and masterful film, The Descent it just falls flat. Also i haven't mentioned plot holes because I'm too afraid of leaving one out, there are literally dozens of them in the movie! It looks good and when it's only the charachters that aren't annoying or unintentionally hilarious talking it's really eerie (note beginning and going into Scotland) but from there it fails. Full Review »