Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 20, 2013
    91
    World War Z presents an abundance of relatively plausible action, smart solutions and one useful piece of information: When the zombiepocalypse comes, the undead are flying coach.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 19, 2013
    91
    It's scary good fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jun 19, 2013
    88
    It’s entertaining as hell.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 18, 2013
    88
    World War Z towers above every other alleged summer blockbuster. It’s the real deal.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jun 20, 2013
    83
    World War Z manages to be scary without descending to in-your-face gore -- it wants to frighten its audience, not disgust them.
  6. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Jun 29, 2013
    80
    World War Z is the most gratifying action spectacle in years, and one reason for its success if the Pitt doesn't play a superhero. [1 July 2013, p.76]
  7. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jun 8, 2013
    78
    An efficient and effectively exciting globe-spanning zombie thriller.
  8. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    Leave it to Brad Pitt, producer and star of World War Z, to try to put the zip back in zombie.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    Forster and his team have also mastered the discreet edit, leaving a lot of the blood, gore, and zombie slime to the imagination. (It's still a pretty convincingly creepy affair.)
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    World War Z is still as smart, shifty and scary as a starving zombie ready to chow down on you, baby, you.
  11. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    Exciting, truly harrowing and smartly directed apocalyptic thriller from Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball"). It's the scariest zombie movie in many years.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    World War Z, based on a novel by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"), has a relatively plausible perspective on mass catastrophe. It deserves comparisons to Steven Soderbergh’s brainy “Contagion.”
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 19, 2013
    75
    World War Z is epically realized entertainment that feeds on our fears of apocalypse, but it’s just fast enough and smart enough — and, more importantly, human enough — to keep an audience on edge from start to finish.
  14. 75
    The first 25 minutes or so of this “Contagion” meets “28 Days Later” thriller will leave you breathless. And the rest of it serves up novel and often entertaining solutions to the various “zombie problems” that this over-exposed genre presents.
  15. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jun 21, 2013
    70
    Given how efficiently World War Z has delivered jolts and screams over the course of its sleek 116-minute running time, it’s easy to forgive this rushed and slightly muted finale.
  16. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Jun 21, 2013
    70
    The movie has made it to theaters not dead on arrival, but walking dead, running dead, and — when it's really working — swarming dead.
  17. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 20, 2013
    70
    World War Z often feels smaller and quieter than it is, because your attention is drawn to details and moments rather than to showstopping spectacles or self-important themes.
  18. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 20, 2013
    70
    It's fun to see this kind of familiar material done with intelligence and skill.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 20, 2013
    70
    This enjoyable shambles of a sci-fi thriller, directed by Marc Forster in impressive 3-D, stands on its own as a powerful vision of planetary chaos.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 20, 2013
    70
    A genuinely exciting thrill ride that only occasionally feels bloated or painfully dumb.
  21. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    Here’s the oddest element in this tale of Hollywood fine-tuning run rampant: the movie is pretty good — the summer’s most urgent, highest-IQ action picture.
  22. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 17, 2013
    70
    Forster's meticulousness—coupled with ample excuses to blow stuff up—isn't enough to turn World War Z into one of those class-A end-of-everything movies that leaves you feeling just a little bit queasy, momentarily uncertain of your own small place in this unmanageable world.
  23. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jun 4, 2013
    70
    Emerges as a surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon, owing as much to scientific disaster movies like “The China Syndrome” and “Contagion” as it does to undead ur-texts like the collected works of George Romero.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 21, 2013
    67
    Director Marc Forster is very good at amping up the terror, but after a while, we reach zombie overload and we might as well be watching an infestation of Transformers.
  25. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jun 19, 2013
    67
    World War Z comes across as a smart and ambitious horror movie, a bio-disaster film along the lines of "Contagion" or "28 Days Later." It’s nail-bitingly tense at times, although these well-executed moments mix with others that are too much of a murky jumble to follow with any precision.
  26. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 18, 2013
    67
    World War Z may wear its intellect proudly, but also consciously translates the zombie premise into a safer context for wider audiences. It's not the smartest zombie movie ever made, but might be the most commercial one.
  27. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 20, 2013
    63
    The result is a movie that, while no classic, can be credited with giving the audience something a bit more substantive than the usual disposable summer fare.
  28. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 20, 2013
    63
    The screenplay feels like the culmination of all sorts of things being thrown against a wall to see what sticks. As it turns out, there's not enough.
  29. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 20, 2013
    63
    The stakes are high and the excitement's there and the results, as previously stated, are messy but fairly entertaining.
  30. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 20, 2013
    63
    Essentially, it boils down to familiar fare: a well-paced, entertaining, conventional action thriller where a reluctant hero saves the day.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 1039 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 298
  1. Jun 24, 2013
    1
    For those who DIDN'T read the book: Go ahead, watch it, give money to a genre that I enjoy.
    For those who DID read the book: Go read the book
    For those who DIDN'T read the book: Go ahead, watch it, give money to a genre that I enjoy.
    For those who DID read the book: Go read the book again, you'll only be sitting in your own anger at the theater. WWZ The Movie is nothing like the book. The movie and the book have exactly 2 things in common: the title and the patient zero hypothesis.
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  2. Jun 24, 2013
    9
    This is not a horror film, not really a zombie film either. It's a plague film, and any gore porn fan will be disappointed to find that thisThis is not a horror film, not really a zombie film either. It's a plague film, and any gore porn fan will be disappointed to find that this is not a scary zombie film filled with guts and gore. What you will find is a very good story, a well paced and thrilling romp through the mind of a survivor. The story is solid, and has many harrow and life affirming moments for many of the characters. Brad Pitt does a very good job in this film, and seems less plasticky than he does in some of his other films for me. I really liked the gasps from my fellow audience members, and the fact that I was on the edge of my seat during certain parts. I appreciated the lack of gratuitous gore, as it would have distracted from what this movie is really about, which is the human condition and it's ability to adapt and survive. It certainly made me want to go home and throw together a doomsday backpack of my own. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    4
    So far removed from the original story by Max Brooks that it shouldn't even share the same name, so far from it in fact that i had to try andSo far removed from the original story by Max Brooks that it shouldn't even share the same name, so far from it in fact that i had to try and dissociate it from the book and appreciate it as the movie itself. Standing on its own this movie is a mediocre zombie film with some reasonable acting and effects, but with virtually no story and many stupid and massive plot holes. How could they of possibly spent £130 million on this movie? its ridiculous.

    Overall im very disappointed by this film, being looking forwards to it for ages as im a big fan of the book. I would definitely suggest staying away from this film if you are fan of max brooks or just a zombie movie fan in general.
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