Fido

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Andrew Currie's stylish satire falls into the narrower niche of zombie farce, as pioneered by "Shaun of the Dead ," "Slither," Robert Rodriguez's half of "Grindhouse."
  2. Most consistently funny is a deadpan Henry Czerny as the pipe-smoking, battle-hardened Zomcon head of security.
  3. It's definitely the most fun you'll have with the undead this week.
  4. It's madly funny--a treat for moviegoers who don't mind gnawed-off limbs with their high jinks.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    100
    With its use of aggressively cheerful hues that are equal parts Technicolor and Tim Burton Candyland, Fido is a "boy and his dog" movie thrown into a horror movie blender. This is perfectly realized in a jaw-droppingly funny "Timmy's trapped in the well" sequence that almost seems like it could have been made in the 50s had George Romero ever worked on "Lassie."
  6. 63
    Director Andrew Currie is better at laughs than scares, but he can’t sustain either as Fido runs out of steam in the final stretch. Till then, it’s fiendish fun.
  7. The echoes of Douglas Sirk melodramas and Lassie movies just add to the fun.
  8. It won't make you bleed, just howl.
  9. It's just a clever, pointed little fable about the price of complacent conformity, slavish worship of the status quo, and trading freedom for the illusion of safety, wrapped in a sugary-sweet, Jordan-almond-colored coating that looks good enough to eat.
  10. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Brightly packaged and steadily amusing.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 3, 2016
    6
    Fido is by no means a bad film, but it has a few basic problems that make it hard to me to give it a rating higher than 6.

    - One problem is
    Fido is by no means a bad film, but it has a few basic problems that make it hard to me to give it a rating higher than 6.

    - One problem is that this film doesn't fit in any genre. While for this works to the advantage of some films as it makes them unique, it is a disadvantage for "Fido". The concept is too goofy to be considered a serious movie, the humor is too mild to generate actual laughter (at least in my case) and the gore is too mild and the whole "Pleasantville" setting is too bright and shiny to appeal to zombie movie fans while the gore and zombies themselves will upset many art house film fans. etc. Basically, the film deviates too far from any genre it is inspired by and it's not good enough in either of its deviations for this to actually work in its advantage.

    - As a satire of suburban sensibilities and the way people treat creatures of a different species, ethnic group or class, Fido never really succeeds in making a point. Unlike satires like "How to Get Rid of the Others", "Idiocracy" or "Dr Stranglove" the message is too subtle to really have an impact on the viewer and many people probably won't even understand what message this film actually holds.

    - Being too shallow for a satire and not goofy enough for a story a la "Monty Python", "Brain dead", "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz" the humor in Fido never really worked for me and considering this is supposed to be a funny movie that's a major drawback.

    So why does it still deserve a 6? The visuals are more than decent and the concept is one of the most original concepts I've seen in a film for quite a while. That made it still a film far more worth watching than any Michael Bay crap. It's just too bad they didn't get more out of the concept than they did.
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  2. Jun 28, 2015
    4
    Fido has an interesting premise and it clearly appears that Billy Connoly is having fun. However it gets boring real quick since Fido is oneFido has an interesting premise and it clearly appears that Billy Connoly is having fun. However it gets boring real quick since Fido is one of those films that only works as a short. Full Review »
  3. Jan 31, 2013
    10
    The Robinson's bring home their first zombie, complete with its own containment collar, to help around the house. Little Timmy and his motherThe Robinson's bring home their first zombie, complete with its own containment collar, to help around the house. Little Timmy and his mother quickly become attached to their new pet, but a hiccup in the collar's wiring leads to an urban outbreak after Fido attacks one of the neighbors! FIDO is the funniest play on 50's consumer culture since EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. The Robinsons, like each of the other families on their block, are more concerned with status and appearance than even their own safety, especially when your worth is measured in zombies. The script, written by Robert Chomiak, Dennis Heaton, and director Andrew Currie, is filled with dry wit and satire, which is played out perfectly by the all-star cast. Carrie-Anne Moss and Dylan Baker are exceptionally hilarious as Timmy's two out-of-touch parents, and they are backed by Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson, and many others in excellent supporting roles. Kesun Loder fully embraces the role of the 1950's youth in another winning performance. One character stands out above all others, however, and that is the aptly named Fido, played by Billy Connolly. Connolly creates the most lovable zombie in the genre, and takes turns playing the mindless flesh-eater as well as the playful pet. Currie brilliantly contrasts the bright, sunny streets of suburbia against the unbridled gore of a Fulci flick, while upholding the incredible production values that bring the 50's back to life. FIDO is one of the best of 2006, and a wonderful Horror comedy that will uphold its cult status for years to come. Full Review »