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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 theirA 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: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  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, bloodyI 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. Aug 11, 2010
    8
    George A. Romero is credited all over as the king and father of zombie films for years he has given moviegoers some of the most frighteningGeorge A. Romero is credited all over as the king and father of zombie films for years he has given moviegoers some of the most frightening and definitive zombie films ever made and it all began in 1968 with a little know black and white independent film called "Night of the living Dead"(1968). Which is cited as the films that jump started the zombie sub genre (and officially began the zombie craze that has lasted far longer than it should have). Then in 1973 Romero came out with his second zombie another little know for film for its time tentatively entitled, â Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2014
    8
    This is a good horror movie with good actors and good effects.The atmosphere is really scary.This remake(with more budget) is better than theThis is a good horror movie with good actors and good effects.The atmosphere is really scary.This remake(with more budget) is better than the one of Romero. Expand
  4. JamesH.
    Mar 1, 2010
    7
    The Crazies is better than the usual scary fare. Yes, it has some of the same absurdities and implausibilities as most of the others (WHY do The Crazies is better than the usual scary fare. Yes, it has some of the same absurdities and implausibilities as most of the others (WHY do people walk around aimlessly in the dark near places where the bad guys can jump out at you?), but the acting and writing is better than most. It held my attention throughout and I was entertained. There was a lot of violence, but I actually don't think it's as gory as most in this genre. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2012
    6
    Surprising solid. Definitely a few too many "convenient" moments, but that's common for horror films. Overall, I really liked this one. ISurprising solid. Definitely a few too many "convenient" moments, but that's common for horror films. Overall, I really liked this one. I definitely recommend it! Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2010
    6
    An actual good zombie(ish) movie. This one is a little different then the rest, because the people maintain some personality, they simply wishAn actual good zombie(ish) movie. This one is a little different then the rest, because the people maintain some personality, they simply wish to kill more. Kind of weird and creepy near the end, but overall pretty good. Expand
  7. DonV.
    Mar 1, 2010
    4
    Cliche ridden and over stylised. Seen and now dismissed.

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