I Am Legend Reviews

  • ...The film is well-done, a case of suspenseful competence trumping questionable relevance.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • In spite of its third-act collapse into obviousness and sentimentality, I Am Legend is among Will Smith's better movies.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There is something a bit thin about the story, and just as in 28 Days Later, I find that digital, rage-filled zombies halve in dramatic interest with every second that passes.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • [Smith's] powerful performance is not enough to save the movie -- initially a potent meditation on loneliness and an absorbing doomsday action movie -- from taking a wrong turn and never getting back on track.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Instead of maintaining its edgy sense of constant discomfort, the movie is compelled to make Neville as fuzzily adorable and messianic as possible.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • I Am Legend is actually about the last man on earth played by one of the last real movie stars on earth.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • If, as a movie, I Am Legend is less stylistically mind blowing and intellectually ambitious than last year's Yuletide dystopia, Children of Men, it's not far off.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • The Manhattan movie of the year, Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend, offers a stunning glimpse into how the city -- as we know it today -- might look in 2012 if it were abandoned in 2009.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • The herky-jerky script, by Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman, favors vignettes and set pieces over dramatic development, and those damned zombies are everywhere, overwhelming the proceedings with their slobbering and howling.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Lawrence's direction is patient, solid and suspenseful, and his vision of a lone fellow wandering through the atavistic hulk of Manhattan yields an indelible portrait of post-cataclysmic solitude.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • I admire the intent of Mr. Smith, who has made it his mission to mix escapist fare with socially relevant material. Legend seems to split the difference and land in the middle of nowhere. That's a lonely place for moviegoers to be.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • What should be shattering is often merely intriguing.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The first two thirds and change of I Am Legend is terrific mindless fun: crackerjack action with gnashing vampires barely glimpsed (and scarier for that) and how'd-they-do-that New York locations that retroactively justify the traffic jams.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The movie works well while it's running, although it raises questions that later only mutate in our minds.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • For most of the way it's starker (even with the comic relief) and more eerie in its atmospherics than the usual big-budget monster.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The popcorn elements are well handled, but what lingers is the sense of urban despair.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It's almost as if the filmmakers wanted to say something about isolation, and loneliness, in the urban environment. Almost.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Director Francis Lawrence makes eerie, effective use of New York City locations drained of human activity, shooting them for maximum anxiety and agoraphobia.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Smith is worth watching; the movie is not.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • I Am Legend is carried for a long while on the strength of Smith's performance, but even he can carry it only so far.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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