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100
Entertainment Weekly
Don't leave before the final frame -- if you're still breathing.
80
Good zombie fun, the remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead is the best proof in ages that cannibalizing old material sometimes works fiendishly well.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
My only complaint is that its plot flatlines compared to the 1979 version, which was trickier, wittier and smarter. Romero was not above finding parallels between zombies and mall shoppers.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
It's silly, witty and good-natured, not scary so much as icky, and not horrifying or horrible but consistently amusing.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
This film plays out like one of those trigger-happy video games -- it's all cranial splatter. Word to the squeamish: Dawn of the Dead merits a very hard R rating. The depictions of violence are exceedingly graphic.
75
New York Daily News
There was no burning need for a remake, but this one is respectful of its predecessor. It incorporates the technology and acquisitiveness of the intervening quarter century since Romero's vision. It even features a metrosexual, something unheard of in 1978.
75
Miami Herald
Faster, leaner and more compact than the original. Dumber, too, but that's almost always the case with remakes.
75
ReelViews
Calling this version of Dawn of the Dead a remake is applying a misnomer. It's more of a re-imagination.
75
Premiere
An amply entertaining tale of survival terror, fully realizing the epicness of Romero's vision by infecting every wide-angled overhead shot with as many computer-generated cadavers as possible, and bridging tense moments with a laugh-aloud, plucky wit.
75
Dawn of the Dead may depict the end of the world as we know it, but rarely has watching doom proved such a kick.
63
Overall, this Dead is zippier than 1995's retake on "Village of the Damned" and somewhat less junky than the recent remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
50
The Hollywood Reporter
When there's a whole mess of zombie killing to be done, who cares about reflective writing or that time-wasting element of suspense?

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