[Director] Marshall cribs whole sections from other movies (Aliens and The Road Warrior, most blatantly) so baldly that you have to wonder how he'd like it if someone ripped off The Descent this egregiously.
Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
Doomsday is frenetic, loud, wildly imprecise and so derivative that it doesn't so much seem to reference its antecedents as try on their famous images like a child playing dress-up. Homage without innovation isn't homage, it's karaoke.
Matt Zoller Seitz - New York Times
Marshall reveals himself to be a terrific showman of chaos and comic savagery. This is Baz Luhrmann's Mad Max.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
I still believe with all my heart that no movie with real car stunts, a tough-chick hero, and a severed head that thunks directly into the camera can be all bad. But this is pushing it.
Jim Ridley - Village Voice
Most fantasy-action films blow their budgets in the first half-hour, and limp home with their makeup smeared. Doomsday is unusually patient, smartly saving most of its fireworks for the later innings.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Those with a taste for revved-up, splattery fantasy thrills won't be complaining.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Imagine the first serious competition to the Deutsche dummkopf Uwe Boll as "worst director" working today, thanks to this mad and maddening mash-up genre picture.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If you can accept this farrago of nonsense, and enjoy simulated beheadings and lopped-off hands and massive spurts and splashes of blood, this may be the movie for you.
Philip Marchand - Toronto Star
Doomsday typifies the kind of movie that gets dumped into theaters during the late winter -- a regurgitated storyline, no big stars, and no real prospects at the box office.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
I somehow ended up admiring "Doomsday" for being the most unapologetically ridiculously, preposterous action movie I've ever seen.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Marshall's adrenalin-fuelled skill and enthusiasm propel the action forward with reckless abandon.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
In terms of sheer excitement, it's the best movie of 2008.
Dave White - Movies.com
Marshall's mash note to '80s postapocalyptic action-adventures re-creates the era's trashy pleasures with such scrupulous fidelity -- and distinct lack of irony -- that you'd swear the movie was unearthed from the ruins of a Times Square grind house.
David Fear - Time Out New York
As it slogs through one hectic yet mundane set pieces after another, the film slowly drowns in its own pool of cliches.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
One's enjoyment of Doomsday might stem from how much one admires a blatant homage to the 1980s.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Doomsday might seem novel - if you've never seen "The Road Warrior," "Aliens," "Escape from New York" or any other post-apocalyptic flick before.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
A bit like a medley of greatest hits performed by a hot, young talent who brings a new vocal inflection to the tired, old standards.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Doomsday possede definitivement toutes les caracteristiques d'un film culte en devenir, meme si celles-ci nous laissent toujours en tete une curieuse impression de deja vu.
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
A tribute to the early 1980s anarchy actioners The Road Warrior and Escape From New York, Neil Marshall's Doomsday also blends elements from 28 Days Later for a fun and ultra-violent action-sci-fi-kinda-horror film.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
Get your Mad Max mutant-maniacs-in-monster-machines on.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The movie doesn't disguise the fact that this is a loving homage to early 80's science fiction cult classics.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
It's a mishmash of homages to writer/director Neil Marshall's favorite B movies. That doesn't make it bad at all, though; it ends up being quite entertaining.
Michael Dance - The Cinema Source
Brimming with exploitation antics, grindhouse sensibilities and, heh heh, exploding bunnies, Doomsday conjures a future thrown back to the dead-end styles and amoral excesses of the eighties - and no future could be bleaker than that.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
spintati pseytokaltia, poy o,ti yposhetai sto dinei aplohera
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
When the film's unspooling and we're watching Rhona Mitra drive a sports car through an exploding bus, we find ourselves in movie geek heaven.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
After they blow a bunny to smithereens (aiming straight through a plot hole), I knew all bets were off.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The only thing that saves Doomsday from complete disgrace is that it knows it's trash.
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
...just the umpteenth killer-virus movie of the last few years...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Likely to be the year's most entertaining film withheld from critics, Neil Marshall's latest finds him pigging out at a B-movie buffet of bangers and mash. His alchemy of anarchy in the U.K. is exhilarating and playfully perverse.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
A tongue in cheek action bonanza that I cheered on with fists in the air...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
About twenty minutes into it I decided to pretend it was a long-lost mid-'80s film Marshall had dusted off and put his name on.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A series of loosely linked action scenes, Doomsday plays out more like a video game than a movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
a debacle that achieves the rarified air of being so terrible it's great.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Delivers the exploitation goods and then some, but it's so utterly derivative it represents a depressing step backward for Marshall...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
If Doomsday was designed to be trash cinema, the filmmakers achieved their goal and then some.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
As the crowd screams and pounds their chests, the camera shows Eden's back. It's a grim resolution, even in the post-apocalypse.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Nothing about Marshall's grab bag has much to do with anything else...it may be aimless and arbitrary, but at least it's mostly fun.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Doomsday is an anarchic trip down memory lane.
Rudy Joggerst - Reel.com
Writer/Director Neil Marshall's entertaining, sorta-cheesy, if at times derivative homage to post-apocalyptic cinema delivers exactly what action fans of the genre crave.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
When people complain that Doomsday moves from one 'what the hell?' moment to another, they're overlooking the fact that that's pretty much the idea.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
With my apologies to Tina Turner, "Mad Max" gets a big dose of girl power, and the results aren't pretty.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
(Neil) Marshall, once regarded as a filmmaker to watch, is inching precariously close to being one to forget.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Much as one might admire the British health care system as presented in the documentary Sicko, even Michael Moore would have to admit they have a hard time over there coping with apocalyptic viruses.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Let's just say that I've built more climactic medieval battles with a set of Legos during my childhood.
Michael Ferraro - Bronsonfive
If you're in the right mood, though, it's also hugely entertaining.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
The acting is better than adequate, and Rhona Mitra is very good as the jaded heroine. As loud, relentless, chaotic, brutally violent and gory B-movies go, this one is a keeper.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Attention, apocalypse-hungry filmgoers: Doomsday may be the blue-light special you're looking for.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
If Marshall's goal was to deliver a no-nonsense, tongue-in-cheek, mega-violent "throwback" action flick, I'd say he's done a damn fine job of it.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
The protag of this pastiche is modeled on Jovovich in Resident Evil, and one way to pass the time is to count the numerous actioners from which Marshall borrowed (lifted) ideas: Road Warrior, Escape from New York, 28 Days/Weeks Later.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Doomsday isn't quite memorable or enthralling enough.
Stina Chyn - Film Threat
Totally earnest but in complete awe of its predecessors.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
Even the two fanboys behind me - who almost reached orgasm during the Speed Racer preview - laughed and yelled "What?!" when shown both a gimp and a medieval pit fight.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
It feels at times that the only thing that hasn't been appropriated is the Filthiest Toilet in Scotland from "Trainspotting," though it is filled with the decidedly unpleasant substance found on, near and in said receptacle
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Soulless, impersonal and shamelessly derivative, this dime-a-dozen sci-fi garbage is such a depressing step down for Neil Marshall that one can hardly believe it was made by the same guy responsible for the rightfully acclaimed The Descent.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Neil Marshall shamelessly rips off elements from so many other action-packed, post-apocalyptic fantasies that you feel you've seen all this mayhem before - and you have!
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Neil Marshall should be ashamed for foisting such a disappointing follow-up to The Descent on his fans.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Dreadful stuff, aggressively silly and repulsively nasty.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Has Neil Marshall been studying under Paul W.S. Anderson?
Jeff Otto - ReelzChannel.com
Marshall delivers what he promises and Mitri makes for a cool, kick-arse heroine in the Ellen Ripley mold.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
You know all those referential spoofs we've been getting lately (Epic Movie, Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans, etc.)? Well, Doomsday is like one of those, except played completely straight.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Doomsday plays more like a series of mini-remakes than a single, cohesive film.
Steven Hyden - AV Club
Here's a gorefest that also includes a little story line.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
can be a blast if you like the action, like the violence, endure the language and like watching Rhona Mitra strut around in tight, black spandex
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
I can't support or defend Doomsday in the slightest. But it's also the most fun I've had at the movies in weeks. If you're in the mood for sheer sensation without the slightest bit of intelligence, this is the flick for you.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
As scattered as it is senseless.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Doomsday is a mess of lousy filmmaking and unrelenting artistic bankruptcy, smashed together to form an ear-splitting, overcooked, awfully irritating shell of an experience.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The sort of rough-and-tumble B-movie Hollywood just doesn't know how to deal with.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The survivors have made it a priority -- as they have in so many post-apocalyptic action flicks -- to store up provisions of mascara and hair dye.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm