Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 21, 2012
    91
    Made with a chip on its shoulder and a generational insight that would put most Oscar bait to shame, this completely daft film deserves to be seen by anyone who remotely supports the potential of the horror genre, to frighten, to disgust and to anger.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 22, 2012
    80
    It almost continuously gets darker, funnier and edgier as it goes along.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 22, 2012
    75
    The result is a horror film that progresses organically and unpredictably, even willing to take a turn for the tragic, if that's what's inevitable.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 27, 2012
    70
    An often hilarious living-dead comedy that just had to happen, given the current hunger for zombies, vampires and other things that refuse to keel over.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 23, 2012
    70
    A middling zombie movie elevated by clever writing and gooeylicious special effects, Kerry Prior's Revenant toys with big themes but settles for uneasy laughs.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 23, 2012
    63
    About 30 minutes too long and somewhat clumsily executed, this zombie's-eye-view story still manages to evoke the comic and splattery spirit of the best '80s cult horror flicks (and features a car-horn shout-out to "The Lost Boys," to boot).
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 23, 2012
    50
    Ultimately suffers from an uneven execution and repetitive overload.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 23, 2012
    50
    Horror comedies can be wildly entertaining -- "The Return of the Living Dead," from 1985, for instance. It sends up horror movies in hilarious fashion while still managing to be gross-out scary. The Revenant never rises to that level. Nor does it seem to want to.
  9. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Aug 21, 2012
    50
    The Revenant kind of aspires to be a horror-comedy in the vein of "Shaun of the Dead" but keeps tripping on its own misanthropy.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Aug 20, 2012
    50
    Since Bart's bloodlust is never matched in tenor by his righteousness, the story remains rife with unfulfilled moral inquiry.
  11. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 22, 2012
    40
    Both the yuks and the yucks are plentiful, but by the time the film reaches a montage sequence of these two boneheads (well, one bonehead, one dope) laying waste to Los Angeles gang members and other wastrels in an attempt to satiate Bart's thirst for the red stuff, you're more than likely wishing you were watching Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in something else entirely. The similarities between the two horror comedy pairings are just too obvious to be ruled out as coincidence.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 23, 2012
    20
    By the middle of the second hour, you'll be wishing a zombie would just chomp off your head to end the pain.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 24, 2012
    8
    Caught this movie recently on Cinemax. It's a darkly clever take on the genre: a vampire buddy pic?! It goes several directions and alternates between funny, touching and disturbing. Not a masterpiece, but fun to watch, very original and not too gory. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2014
    8
    This movie is certainly darker than I would normally expect from a dark comedy, but it is a lot of fun. If you're looking to have a lighthearted laugh, this movie is not for you. The morale I got from this movie is that, you may feel on top of the world when you're having fun, but you will have to come down eventually and when you come down, you will come down hard. Full Review »
  3. Jun 6, 2013
    10
    Man, this movie was just awesome. I totally expected this movie to be a mediocre b-rated horror comedy but I was dead wrong. I was literally laughing out loud on several occassions.The interesting thing is the movie is more than just a comedy too... there were times during the movie where I was genuinely disturbed and also sad. The 2 main actors are rock solid and the supporting cast is great except for 2 extra soldier dudes in the 1st 5 minutes of the film. I reccomend this movie to anyone... doesn't matter if you are a fan of the genre or not. This one is a guaranteed future cult classic. Oh and the critics must have seen a different film, or they are mentally challenged, because there is no way this should be getting mixed reviews. Full Review »