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  • Summary: A husband and wife in a small Midwestern town find themselves battling for survival as their friends and family descend into madness in The Crazies. A mysterious toxin in the water supply turns everyone exposed to it into mindless killers and the authorities leave the uninfected to their certain doom in this terrifying reinvention of the George Romero horror classic. (Overture Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. I greatly prefer this cleverly sustained and efficiently relentless remake to the '73 edition. It is lean and simple.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Does what an exploitation movie should: It gets in, it scares you silly, and it gets out, all while playing fair by the audience.
  3. 70
    Despite a midfilm lull of his own, Eisner stages a series of nifty action sequences, nearly all of which feature a moment of surprise, as well as gruesome wit.
  4. An entertaining fright movie that’s crazy fun and full of genuine scares.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    50
    What's disappointing about The Crazies, though, is the lack of care that Eisner and screenwriters Scott Kosar and Ray Wright put into their film's atmosphere. There's little in the way of Romero-esque dread; Eisner substitutes a grim lack of humor and frequent splashes of gore.
  6. 50
    To call The Crazies the most original horror film in a long while only serves to point out just how lousy mainstream, studio-released horror has become. It's a solid thriller, sure, but there's precious little in it that hasn't been seen countless times before, and in the end it plays it safe … by not playing it safe.
  7. Has warmed-over chills and a muddled, zombie-like execution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Jan 2, 2011
    9
    I went into this movie with low expectations, but I actually loved this movie. Filled with good acting, good script, awesome gore, bloody action, and a really scary atmosphere, I highly recommend this. Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2011
    8
    THE CRAZIES is a great remake, the film was filled with suspenseful scenes and cringe worthy moments (in a good way). The acting was also decent as well. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    8
    The sequences of action are very well made ​​and will not let you look away, even if at times you feel not satisfied, in most of the film, it makes you believe. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    7
    A pretty well-made film and it was done very well. I got the same feeling I got from 28 days later. There are a few scenes that terrified me, and there are a few scenes that pissed me off, but I would recommend this to anyone for a halloween-horror movie-extravaganza for those who still do them. All-in-all, good movie. Expand
  5. Jun 16, 2012
    6
    For what It's worth, it must be hard to make a zombie-esque film as they've been done like dinner. Overcooked and all! Did 'The Crazies' feature characteristic, horror film cliches? Why yes, it did. Truthfully it would be hard not too given the genre is overstuffed with these type of movies. However the finished product (in truth) turned out to be a lot more fresh and original than most living dead features these days. Not too shabby for a remake. As long as you're not expecting to bare witness to a Academy award-winning screenplay you'll be fine. Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2010
    6
    The movie is good in places but so predictable and so cliche. The acting was mildly believeable which was a bonus. I loved the concept but the way it was directed led to a festival of stereotypical horror. This is definetley one for the popular horror market rather than the hardcore followers. Expand
  7. Jul 31, 2011
    4
    this movie was like one of those okay movies, but i do have to that jim carry was very good in this movie especially when he got licked by a dinosaur and puked out his large intestine out, and like said nothing great about it. Expand

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