The Dead Don't Die

critic Reviews

, 55% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • The Dead Don't Die dabbles with tones and themes to varying degrees of success, but sharp wit and a strong cast make this a zom-com with enough brains to consume.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    It's mildly amusing, mostly thanks to Swinton's swanning and the dry-as-bone exchanges between Murray and Driver.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The angriest movie I've seen all year. This is Jim Jarmusch putting a very strong environmentalist stance in the middle of a zombie movie.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    The zombie genre is now close to exhaustion -- though this is not a problem for Jarmusch who likes his premises threadbare, all the better to distil them into absurdist ritual.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    In-jokes abound and, though the material is slight, parts of the film are pretty funny. But it's a minor Jarmusch, with a running time too protracted for this type of thing.
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    Katie RifeAV Club
    Jim Jarmusch's movies are always laconic, but this one felt less like a bunch of old friends hanging out and more like old friends dutifully showing up to do one of them a half-hearted favor.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    This is a testing experience even for people who loved the deadly ennui of Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch's take on the vampire movie and in some ways a sister picture to this one.
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    Nyle ColemanInSession Film
    Unfortunately, I would not recommend this film but will also add the caveat that if you do decide to catch it and you are a fan of the typical zombie film genre, be sure to set aside your expectations before you dive in.
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    Serena SeghedoniLoud and Clear Reviews
    Jim Jarmusch's zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die is that film you grow to love and you don't know why.
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    Dallas KingFlick Feast
    Driver constantly tells the other characters that “This is going to end badly”... and sadly Driver is correct because The Dead Don’t Die shuffles towards a narratively daring but ultimately unsatisfactory ending.
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    Keith GarlingtonKeith & the Movies
    There are several inside jokes and some pasted on commentary about us being the zombies clutching to our materialism and technology. But it has no bite whatsoever. So we’re left with the cast who are enough to save the film but just barely.
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