Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. 67
    Really, the whole series would be unthinkable without the films of George Romero. In that respect, Anderson has taken another page from the Corman playbook for his superior B-movie: If you're going to steal, at least steal well.
  2. Shot in actual 3D rather than being the latest example of the horrible post-shooting conversion process, "Afterlife" undeniably looks terrific.
  3. Anderson makes often-inspiring use of the 3-D effects.
  4. If you're interested in this movie, it's because you love either seeing zombies explode (check), the video games (major character included, check) or Jovovich kicking undead butt in every conceivable way (check and mate).
  5. True to series form, plot is nearly indiscernible, but this fourth installment in the sci-fi/horror/action franchise created by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson is the sleekest so far, thanks to 3D and star Milla Jovovich's body-hugging catsuit.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    What fun there is to be had is undermined by drab 3D, hacked-out dialogue and rehashed plots.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Contrino
    Jovovich is on cruise control here and she fails to bring any kind of new life to a character that has been very good to her.
  8. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Sorry to disappoint the fanboys, but this is the first film in the Resident Evil series in which Milla Jovovich neither begins nor ends the movie stark naked.
  9. 30
    It pains me to say it, but Afterlife, the latest installment in this seemingly eternal zombie apocalypse franchise, is considerably more entertaining than George A. Romero's most recent exhumation.
  10. This witless installment features the usual ultra-slow-motion mayhem and helpful freeze-frames to allow us to admire the extra dimension. Fans will not be happy, however, to learn that Ms. Jovovich is more decently clothed this time around.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Director Paul W.S. Anderson (who also directed the original) can hardly manage a hint of suspense or excitement. And excitement is exactly what the film ought to have in excess.
  12. Reviewed by: Ethan Gilsdorf
    So nonchalant is Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth movie in Paul W.S. Anderson's dystopian franchise, that its overarching premise isn't explained.
  13. 25
    It's a humorless movie of morphing zombies (they take on beastly attributes), phoned-in performances and trite dialogue.
  14. Reviewed by: Jeff Labrecque
    Afterlife is slow-moving but relentless, and judging from a post-credits teaser that promises yet another sequel, it has an unquenchable appetite for your brain cells.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 282 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 94
  2. Negative: 31 out of 94
  1. Sep 10, 2010
    Ok, this is not a movie that critics will be kind to. If you liked the first three, this is more of the same. Like a nice burger: you know the taste, but its still tasty.

    This series is really all about the action now. 3D is better than the post converted movies but no where near Avater level; still a lot of fun.

    Best not to overthink this movie - just enjoy it for what it is: popcorn fun
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  2. Jan 26, 2013
    this movie is nowhere near as good as the first three, the plot has more gaping holes than a pornstar convention, or even every pornstar in america, it completely abandons most of the plot points from the first films, and even reveals that a cure for the t-virus ALREADY EXISTED... the cast this time around mostly consists of stereotypes: the asian, the black guy, the hollywood producer, the british girl, the pervert... need i go on, the action is rather entertaining despite the ridiculous amount of slo-mo littered throughout the movie, the 3d is implemented rather well, the soundtrack, by tomandandy, is the best in the series, if you like the first three movies, or are a hardcore action junkie, than you might enjoy this, but don't bother pointing out the quarry-sized plot holes throughout the movie, trust me, everyone else noticed them to... Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2010
    You would think that critics or users who rate this movie negatively should understand by now that this type of movie is not for them. As cheesy action flix movies go, this one was all right. It's no better or worse than the other movies in the series (OK, maybe better than the first one). Full Review »