“It Could Have Been Better..”
“"This Isn't Anything New And Fresh"”
“...your Typical Remake That Completely Derives The Original Of Anything Worthy...”
“At Some Points I Didnt Know Wether To Lauph Or Pretend To Be Scared”
“The Only Horror Film This Year That Truly Captures Suspense And Uses Your Mind More Than Anything To Scare You”
“Run Up Stairs, Run Down Stairs! AAHH!!!”
“Some Of The Best 90 Minutes Of My Life!”
“Finally A Good Remake!”
“Finally A Movie Worth Seeing!”
“Great Way To Start Halloween. ”
“QUARANTINE Will Terrify You”
“Quarantine Was Everything I Had Hoped For... And More.”
“Gonna Love This Movie”
Quarantine director John Erick Dowdle and co-writing brother Drew wisely stick close to the told-from-the-cameraman's point-of-view template of the terrific original.
Clark Collis - Entertainment Weekly
Quarantine, yet another pseudo-documentary horror movie, delivers the heebie-jeebies with solid acting and perfectly calibrated shocks.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Good news for those who missed the Spanish zombie horror [REC] when it opened here a few months back. Here comes the inevitable fast-tracked Hollywood remake, which covers the same ground without the burden of all those subtitled hysterics.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
I have seen many execrable films -- Plan 9 From Outer Space, Disaster Movie, Batman & Robin -- but never has a movie made me so physically ill.
Michael Hardy - Boston Globe
Quarantine is a modestly inventive, sporadically exciting thriller that nonetheless proves too faithful to its central conceit for its own good.
Joe Leydon - Variety
No, the script isn't anything special and the novelty long ago wore off in this style of movie making. But the execution in this film from John Erick Dowdle is amazing, the camera work and cutting perfect.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Quarantine is based on the 2007 Spanish thriller [REC]. Like any imitation, the quality's not as good, but this is about cheap thrills, of which there are not enough.
Tony Wong - Toronto Star
Give Quarantine credit: Without resorting to computer-generated monsters or supernatural explanations, it uses consistent logic and confinement to find new ways of being scary.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Quarantine fails to correct some of the problems evident in its predecessor while also incorporating a few defects of its own.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This derivative horror flick can be confined along with its numerous inspirations.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
I don't care how dedicated a TV journalist you are: when a rabid, shrieking hellion lunges for your neck, teeth a-gnashin', it's time to hit the standby button and defend yourself.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Quarantine is symptomatic of a broken industry; one that would rather remake a perfectly good foreign language film with nice, safe, recognisable American faces rather than plough any money into original concepts.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Dave White - Movies.com
The best thing about this cheesy rip-off mockumentary-styled horror pic is that I didn't catch its virus or vomit after following its shaky developments.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Works as every bit the disposable jolt dispenser it's assembled to be.
William Goss - Cinematical
'Quarantine' is a solid horror movie and one of the better to be released this year. The last 15 minutes is hardcore suspense that redeem any cheap movie making flaws.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Develops into a legitimately unnerving experience.
Jeffrey Bloomer - Paste Magazine
...one could surely do far worse as far as horror remakes go.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A respectable, if uninspired, adaptation of... [REC], a Blair Witch-style variation on zombie movie cliches that might seem fresher had it not opened after veteran George Romero's grimly pared-down Diary of the Dead.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
Real no frills filmmaking. Anything that gets in the way of the main idea is stripped to the bone. This includes certain niceties like character, humor, and even story.
Brian Holcomb - CinemaBlend.com
Not as frightening as it should be, but still better than the average Hollywood scare-a-thon.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
We are saddled with the limitations of the 'found' film premise - seemingly endless screaming and scrabbling around in the dark, filmed from just a single angle.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
An eye-popping both metaphorical and literal genocidal rat race scare scenario made especially haunting when it kicks in, with its post-9/11 domestic terror lurking around every corner, hyper-paranoid sensibility.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
An affair that aims low and succeeds well in such.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
The premise isn't bad; I like the fact this hysteria happens in and around people's homes, because it's an excuse for the filmmakers to uncover secrets normally kept behind closed doors. A pity there are no great revelations here.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
The camera bounces along, its path blocked frequently by the back of some fleeing figure, so that you're never quite sure where you are, where you're going or what you're looking at...
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
The Spanish film worked better than John Erick Dowdle's remake, which is, if possible, even more chaotically filmed to the point that you often haven't got the slightest idea what's happening -- you just know that it's nasty.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
It's one of those rare movies where you can't quite ascertain as to whether the filmmakers are trying to create scares or laughs.
Andrew J. McGlinn - FILMINK (Australia)
Delivers a pleasingly high quota of decent jolts as the body count mounts and the TV airhead becomes increasingly hysterical.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
I raved about the oddly-titled Spanish horror [Rec], saying it turned the terror up to 10. Now, as night follows day, it's time for a Hollywood remake - and the result isn't half bad.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
Despite tweaking the format, Quarantine successfully replicates the claustrophobic tension of [REC] and cranks up the sudden eruptions of frenzied violence, making it as much of a white-knuckle terror ride as it was the first time around.
Dean Essner - Total Film
If you didn't catch REC fever first time round, let yourself get bitten by Quarantine. Such brilliance is an isolated incident in modern scary movies.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
An American remake of the Spanish horror movie '[Rec]' that adopts the same basic recipe, but removes any hint of flavour or texture, reducing cutting-edge Catalan cuisine to bland, bite-sized McNuggets.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
The downside is that for the final half-hour the camera shakes so badly I started suffering from motion sickness.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
What director John Erick Dowdie has done is veer away from the supernatural atmosphere of the Spanish version and ramped up the bloodletting - it's more gory than ghostly.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Just like its forebear, this is bluntly effective exercise in first-person horror.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Quarantine is a lucrative steal by Dowdle. The Spanish original is arguably the best verite fright movie since The Blair Witch Project. The American version is not quite in the same league.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
As a visceral, camera-shuddery ride into foamy-mouthed zombie hell, it's efficient enough - but if you've already seen [Rec], steer clear...
Simon Crook - Empire Magazine
Quarantine is a well-acted, competent remake that doesn't betray the original, though it's somehow less scary and slightly longer than it needs to be.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The Spanish did it all a little better but Carpenter rivals her European counterpart in hollering blue murder.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Unlike so many other jerky camera horrors, and even zombie film shockers, Quarantine escalates the tension with a perfect sense of fearful exploitation. One of the best chillers of 08.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Jennifer Carpenter is terrific as the news reporter who gets swallowed up in her own story, and leads an excellent cast, all of whom bring a veracity to this remake in the hands of the talented Dowdle brothers
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
What's a smart, well-crafted horror movie like Quarantine doing in today's marketplace?
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Quarantine is worth seeing for its solid first two acts, some terrific acting by some favorite character actors, and a several solid spook-show scares.
Scott Mendelson - Film Threat
Despite the Cronenbergian themes, the film is relentless and singleminded: It just wants to scare you, and it succeeds.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Good Halloween-type fun for the fans of adult thrillers, 'Quarantine' is a cleverly done scare flickt aht will keep you wondering who's going to get it next.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A rote reproduction of a more effective film.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
My suggestion is to see the original first and then skip this one altogether...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Visually, this one mirrors Cloverfield right down to the dropped camera left to record what happens when the humans in the vicinity have been, uh, quarantined.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Even those who despise remakes will have to admit that director John Erick Dowdle's furious retread is scary as hell.
Jim Ridley - L.A. Weekly
...a movie that didn't need to be made and which no one needs to see.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Rather too hysterical to be coherent, but it's still jittery and thoroughly unnerving
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
As the first-person POV conceit goes, it's not the nocturnal nightmare of "Cloverfield," but it's more compelling than the dog-eared "Diary of the Dead." It's stylish, and the sound design is superb, but it eventually gets too dumb to be very scary.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Considering how worthless most horror remakes are, the fact that this "carbon copy quickie" actually works is fairly impressive.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Rarely more than competent and never inspired. But it more or less passes for a few cheap thrills if you're not too demanding.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
There's never a dull moment in 'Quarantine.'
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Despite Quarantine's theft from nearly every film in the subgenre, there are parts of the film that just plain work, no matter how much it doesn't seem like they should.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Too much information in the trailer spoiled some of the suspense of the film
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Quarantine feels awfully familiar, and it grows less convincing with each passing moment. At its worst, it abandons realism entirely and flirts with gory kitsch.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
When the month's horror options boil down to a modestly clever exercise like this or yet another Saw sequel, you know you could do worse.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Quarantine is the type of movie that is made to see in a theatre. The film is brutally realistic and shot in such a way that you feel like you are watching real footage.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
A vertiginous, nauseating, unscary mess of a film.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
This isn't as good as CLOVERFIELD, but it does a pretty decent job at generating some thrills. Unfortunately, the movie is ruined by Carpenter's distractingly awful performance.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
In some ways 'Quarantine' is better than 'Rec,' not only xeroxing all its shocks but managing to add more.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
Grows increasingly repetitious and tedious as the same cinematic tricks are played over and over...the effect is suffocating rather than enjoyably spooky.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The original Spanish thriller (REC) is no doubt better acted and executed, but considering the bad "prestige" movies recently it's hard to understand why Screen Gems decided not to press screen the cheap, quicky horror flick that delivers the basic goods
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Underdeveloped and predictable, there is little compelling about the film other than the premise and a few of the kills.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
...feels as if someone had videotaped their trip through a haunted house run by the local Jaycees.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
If you are looking for a film that will scare the wits out of you, even briefly, you can't wrong from seeing this one.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Horror movie fans can enjoy the visceral experience. The core purpose %u2013 to make people jump out of their seats %u2013 is executed with intense precision.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Disregarding its Xeroxed pedigree, it's easily one of the best American horror films of the year.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
...this is what the Resident Evil sequels should have been.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
If a remake must be made in lieu of original thoughts and ideas, one could do far, far worse. Quarantine is the real deal--a primal, uncompromising vision of insanity run amok.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
a solid, suspense-filled 90 minutes
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Claustrophobic, jittery at times, and electric in pace, Quarantine is a stripped-down bloody thrill ride that -- while certainly not catering to everyone's tastes -- should satisfy gore-hounds looking to step up their theatrical horror cuisine.
Jeremy Wheeler - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Effective scares make up for some dodgy storytelling in this horror verite about a TV crew trapped in an apartment building teeming with plague victims.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
Quarantine is a hugely satisfying film, if you're the sort of person who likes hanging around on the edge of your seat.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Carpenter and Harris are able to pull off the whole charade with impressive energy and convincing bursts of sheer terror during some very long, uncut takes.
Staci Layne Wilson - Sci-Fi Weekly
Quarantine is the unavoidable American replica, only this version has ingested a bottle of idiot pills and washed it all down with a full glass of directorial incompetence.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Actress Jennifer Carpenter of Exorcism of Emily Rose fame surely deserves some kind of award for giving the most hysterical over-the-top performance in a horror movie since Marilyn Burns in the original 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page