The filmmakers, clearly fans of the genre, have got the zom and the com parts down cold.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
By treating the genre as a joke, this satire, whose title plays off George A. Romero's 1979 golden oldie, Dawn of the Dead, yields ironic dramatic dividends.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
If the zombie genre steadfastly refuses to die, we can be grateful to Shaun of the Dead for breathing fresh, diverting life into the form, with subtle visual humor and a smart, impish sense of fun.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Wonderfully original, fast-moving and funny.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A British zombie flick that works not because of the crowds of undead, but because the guy trying to exterminate them was himself running out of reasons to live.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Taken on its own shaky legs it's a wittier genre coda than Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
The movie's great joke never wears out its welcome: Many of the living are virtually indistinguishable from the undead.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
This movie is destined for cult greatness. See it now and you can say -- honestly, for once -- that you were there in the beginning.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Cheeky and unexpectedly charming.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
A smart, cultish, semi-disgusting homage to the fine British art of not bothering.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Has its pleasures, which are mild but real.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Playing the stereotypical twentysomething everyman, Pegg has a disarming fragility that evokes a bit of empathy from anyone ever stuck in a rut.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
The movie has been running on shtick for so long that the attempt at drama rings hollow.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Makes the best use of zombies since Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Witty, energetic and appropriately self-mocking, cheesy fun.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Zombie movies have been spoofed before, but this one lurches to the top of the list on the strength of its twisted British wit and oh-so-clever mix of laughs and horror.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Co-scripters Pegg and Wright structure it as a classic three-acter (set-up, journey, finale) with enough twists, character development and small set pieces to keep the comedy boiling.
Derek Elley - Variety
A drop-dead-funny comedy.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
Zombies or no zombies, this is the funniest film of the year.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Plays brilliantly with our familiarity with zombie genre (yes, I actually said that) convention.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
It's intelligent, funny and utterly disgusting all at once.
Leah McLaren - Globe and Mail
I love George Romero's zombie pictures, and I love deadpan English humor, but I had no idea that the two would mesh as happily as they (mostly) do in Shaun of the Dead.
David Edelstein - Slate
For those who don't mind a little laughter with their zombies (or perhaps it should be the other way around), this is an unusual source of entertainment.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
There are certainly touches that only the homegrown crowd will get, but there's sufficient energy and scattershot horror movie references that it should please fans of gross-out humor everywhere.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
Though I prefer the hard-core zombie scares of Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, Pegg and Wright -- who are rumored to resemble a real-life Shaun and Ed -- keep the blood and the laughs gushing.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's a grisly but sweet ode to friendship, love and the George Romero zombie trilogy.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Like Romero's best efforts, the movie is motored by a keen observational reality, cleverly twisting the characters' mundane world inch by inch until the real nightmare dawns on them.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Jennie Kermode - Movie Gurus
Some funny moments, but for adults only.
Common Sense Media Editors - Common Sense Media
Pedestrian direction and script sap what anarchic fun this movie could've been
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Shaun of the Dead is not only one of the single best zombie movies ever made, but it's also as close to perfect as a film can get.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
A modern masterpiece, this is probably altogether the funniest and scariest film I've seen in years...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Comedy and horror are real life partners, of course, and who better to bring all this to life in a zombie movie than the Brits?
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Extremely well made but only sporadically engaging...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I think the movie is one of the most hilarious I've ever seen ... But the symbolism and depth of the movie make me appreciate it as a masterpiece.
Christopher Campbell - Cinematical
In this most apocalyptic of genres, Shaun of the Dead is not unlike a ray of unexpected sunshine - even if it has a little red on it.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
...not only a loving, teasing homage to the Romero Dead films. It's also a superb zombie film in its own right...
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A romantic zombie comedy that tips its hat to George Romero and mines one very funny spoof that doesn't ignore the rules of the zombie horror genre--though it does tamper with them.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Shaun is able to balance the comedy and the gore in a way that will satisfy both zombie genre fans and less bloodthirsty viewers.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The cast make a cosy fit, the patter is still sitcom snappy, but Wright also has the visual snap to carry this saga of backyard apocalypse.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Even when in danger of self-destructing, it cadges laughs with smart lines, silly observations or blokish inside jokes about zombie movies, video games and pub nibbles.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
The Office meets Annie Hall meets Night of the Living Dead.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Silly drop-dead sight gags that don't seem to work as well as intended but, nevertheless, offer some humor.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Co-written by director Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg, this gory zombie satire is filled to the brim with charming English wit.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Writer-director Edgar Wright and co-writer and star Simon Pegg have terrific fun riffing on zombie lore.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
What a sheer delight that we now have a romantic comedy that puts false hope where it belongs: in the face of the annihilation of the entire human race.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
This is played for laughs, but director Edgar Wright also builds up suspense and dread better than a lot of straight horror flicks
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
For a comedy, the material is awfully bloody. But it's good, silly fun nonetheless.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
The film has gruesome effects that won't disappoint zombie lovers.
Kelly Glover - Zap2it.com
A more complex film with a lot more plot and character depth than you would expect of a lowly horror genre film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
... who better to trust with your life than someone you wouldn't trust with anything else?
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A well executed one-joke movie. But, even it's a good joke, it's only one joke.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A singularity among the clones it so deftly and ingeniously parodies.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
a terrific horror movie send-up... even filmgoers who normally shy away from shockers will probably have a good time...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
works hard to find a delicate balancing act between generating tension and humorously subverting it, often in the blink of an eye
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It's a funny take on zombie movies that's also an enjoyable social commentary.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's like The Office except with flesh-eating zombies.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
If ever a movie screamed "wait for the video" this is it!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Shaun of the Dead is either a zombie flick masking as a comedy, or a comedy masking as a zombie flick, or Beautiful Girls masking as a zombie comedy.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
It's more enjoyable than most zombie movies or romantic comedies are in their own rights.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
The most original comedy from either side of the pond in years.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It works best when it treats [the zombies] more as an impediment to be overcome by the sheer Britishness of the characters.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
It's a comedy. It's a horror film. It's a head-crackin' good time.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Watching this slacker store clerk turn into a master zombie hunter to win the woman he loves is a refreshing way to approach the genre.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The whole outlandish situation is treated with typical English stoicism, leading to some wonderfully funny moments.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
[T]the inevitable switch to romance taints the irony that came before like backwash.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
... The best comedy and the best horror movie of the first nine months of 2004.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Proves that uplifting romance doesn't have to take a back-seat to gory disembowelments but rather they can happily co-exist.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Successfully blends comedy, horror, suspense, a killer soundtrack, and social commentary into ninety-nine minutes of cinematic sweetness.
Stina Chyn - Film Threat
Dr. Strangelove, Evil Dead 2, Shaun of the Dead
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
A colorful British genre mash-up that crossbreeds the zombified existence of late twentysomething interpersonal ennui with a literal attack of the undead.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
The comedy quotient makes this more accessible to general audiences than most movies centering on the undead.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
By going over the top on horror and below the belt on humor, this clever British import hits an uproarious cinematic chord.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Au-dela de la qualite de jeu des acteurs et des textes, les nombreuses references et les divers hommages presents dans le film en font un incontournable.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
Shaun of the Dead aims for the head and the funny bone, and scores a major hit with both.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Ineffective as satire, comedy, and horror.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
For the satirically inclined, many chuckles are found in the run-up to the survivors' late-in-the-film, unfunny desperation.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
This film is like a crossbreeding of George Romero and Mike Leigh. This satire laughs at the tropes of the zombie movie, but even more at the foibles of English life today.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The scares are played with efficiency and sincerity, eliciting laughs because of how far director Edgar Wright is willing to take them.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
[Who] said you couldn't have a zombie romantic comedy? Why can't the male lead express his undying devotion for his ladylove by bashing dead people in the head...?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Shows not only respect for the zombie genre but respect for the audience...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
At last a Zombie film hits the big screen with humor and romance.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Un classique du film d'horreur moderne.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
...the second half of the film is just a standard horror movie showdown with a few mildly amusing gags.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Shaun of the Dead isn't as funny as it's purporting to be.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
a fun and exuberant tribute to our favorite zombie movies, and one that deserves to be ranked alongside of them on its own merits.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
If you like your romance with a few entrails on the side, this was made for you! More emotion and more laughs than you get from most horror movies - best use of zombies ever.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
There's nothing like the end of civilization as we know it to rouse a rudderless slacker into action.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Shaun of the Dead stands up as a horror movie as well as a comedy.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The best male bonding film since Last Orders and the best romantic comedy since Love Actually. Oh, and it's a great zombie flick, too.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
...[a] devilishly dandy flesh-eating farce...uniquely hilarious and horrifying...Shaun and his cannibalistic cohorts will truly get under your skin.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
We faithful of the Church of Blood and Ultra-gore have been waiting a long, long time for a movie like Shaun of the Dead, at the very least since 1993.
Pete Kavadlo - FilmStew.com
Gleefully funny--and gruesomely gory.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Bill Nighy adds a spark as the detested stepdad, the ghoul make-up is George Romero-worthy, and the final zinger makes it all worthwhile.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Good-natured enough to recommend it to fans of the genre.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
isn't the sure-fire smash cult flick its advance buzz suggested, but in its own way, it may be a first - a 'cute' zombie flick which employs subtlety in its humor
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Enough originality, clever set-ups and witty humor to keep anyone entertained.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Those witty Brits. They may have lost the overseas colony that became the U.S. of A., but they sure know how to spice up a zombie flick with bloody humor.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
It may want to be, as the British might say, a bloody riot, but in fact it seems to suffer from a case of comedic anemia.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Spiced with a healthy supply of jokes and enough gross-out gags to keep youthful audiences gagging happily.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Enjoys the weird distinction of being one of the year's funniest comedies and one of the best zombie movies ever made.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
A wonderfully funny spoof of zombie movies ... and of the kind of life that can turn a man into the walking dead.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The fact that Shaun of the Dead, a cross between 28 Days Later and Wayne's World, succeeds at all is probably the result of a special alchemy accessible only by its co-writers, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (who also directed).
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Finally, a good zombie movie with some decent fart jokes.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
A diverting little horror romp worth catching.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
'Shaun of the Dead' is that rarest of birds-a film that not only lives up to its considerable hype, it actually exceeds it.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
'Shaun of the Dead' has that most vital ingredient of any good zombie film, an underlying layer of social commentary that gives the script a brain.
Pamela Troy - culturevulture.net
a bizarre mix of genuine romance, flagrant gore, riotous comedy, and somber drama, opens this weekend as one of the most startlingly successful and odd movies all year
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Right from the clever title... your expectations are up for something different. You won't be disappointed.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Both genuinely funny and authentically horrifying, it puts the average horror comedy to shame.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Shaun's dry wit, and humor is why it succeeds where most Zombie film's fail. It's the funniest movie of the year.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
A very loving, intelligent addition to the zombie genre.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It's a dead man's party driven by inspired sight gags, witty repartee and likable, dare we say, cuddly characters.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
A zombie movie with a heart and a funny bone - as well as a good many other internal organs.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A cool, savvy zombie romance, replete with witty, dryly sarcastic dialogue under fire.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Never has the 'silent-but-deadly' [or SBD] been used with such care.
John Venable - Supercala.com
It's frequently laugh-out-loud funny and surprisingly scary.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is that rare, lucky film that gets to have its brains and eat them, too.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
...so endlessly clever and bloody hilarious (make that bloody and hilarious)...that it sets a frighteningly high bar for any zombie flicks that lie in its wake.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
Finally, a great zombie movie! Disguised as a romantic comedy!
Matt Caracappa - Boxoffice Magazine
It's a knowing look at a perennial pop-movie genre and an ingenious variation on the romantic-comedy theme featuring an appealing and talented cast.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Transforms the unintentional camp of the zombie subgenre into full-on, hilarious comedy.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
It's exuberantly, consistently funny.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The main problem is that Shaun feels like a high-budget, season-ending, extended-length TV episode. Once the situation itself is milked for laughs, the film falls flat.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
It's being billed as a zombie romantic comedy, but it's not Rotting Hill - it's definitely a zombie adventure movie first. And it's a hoot and a half!
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Don't be surprised if this clever entry finds favor with a crossover crowd that couldn't care less about a guilty-pleasure genre but appreciates the cheeky humor on display here.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Who knew pint-glass realism and splatter satire could make for such frighteningly smart fun?
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
You're aware the filmmakers have paid attention over the years and even if you haven't, Shaun of the Dead is still a bloody blast.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
It not only functions as a parody of the genre, it works as a straight-up entry, and ends up being a loving homage.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Sure, there are rotting, gory corpses in Shaun of the Dead, but they are the wittiest rotting, gory corpses you'll ever see.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
There's something delicious about seeing a bunch of post-Thatcher North Londoners slowly learn to distinguish between their customarily low-yield environment and an epidemic of grave-defying cannibalism.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
British-import "Rom-Zom-Com" has a little undead life to it, but it's definitely a zombie-come-lately.
James Rocchi - Netflix
with the exception of Romero's trilogy -- the Godfather of zombie movies -- this is the best zombie movie ever made.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Its secret is the same one that keeps us interested in the better examples of the movies it pillories: The writers, director and actors make us care about Shaun and his friends.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Casting Bill Nighy as a zombie -- or more accurately, a zombie to be -- may not be precisely innovative, but it's clever and wholly enjoyable.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Ridiculous and heartfelt, it's both the funniest zombie movie and the scariest romantic comedy you're likely to ever see.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
...at once a splatterfest and a satiric generational statement.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
It's Dude, Where's My Car? meets 28 Days Later... Perhaps Dude, Where's My Zombie? would be more appropriate.
Fred Topel - About.com
The most entertaining horror movie set in the British Isles since An American Werewolf in London.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Like all self-respecting zombie flicks, the oft-funny Shaun of the Dead deals as much with wicked social commentary as it does with gruesome murder and maniacal mayhem.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Shaun of the Dead is good, goofy fun, but given the attendant hype...there may be a danger of excessively high expectations from horror fans.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
There is gore aplenty for those who like to look at it, and a bounty of winking jokes for those who would prefer to laugh at it.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
While there are laughs and inspired moments, the comedic aspect almost disappears at the height of the movie, in favour of the goriest events I can remember in recent cinema.
Mike DeWolfe - Apollo Guide
An exuberant, fresh and funny romantic comedy that just kind of happens to feature the living dead.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Arguably the most intelligent, hilarious sendup of the horror genre seen in decades.
Jackie Loohauis - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Members of the cast, most of whom hail from British TV sitcoms, have crackerjack comedic timing, and their characters have been written so well you'd watch them with or without zombies.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A guaranteed gut-buster for anyone even vaguely familiar with the fundamentals of zombiedom.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The biggest surprise (and asset) here is Pegg, who imbues the slightly daft Shaun with a good nature and bigger heart, providing the film with a central figure you actually care about.
Ernest Hardy - L.A. Weekly
A traditional zombie film introduced as a romantic-comedy and infected with a sly British-cum-"The Simpsons" intelligence and sensibility.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
the film is brilliantly subversive and funny with great reactions from Pegg and Frost as they portray the two most idiotic zombie fighters ever seen on film.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A fun outing that somehow never really quite takes off . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Pegg e Frost formam uma dupla comica brilhante e o roteiro oferece inumeras piadas que, apesar de nao exatamente brilhantes, sao inspiradas o bastante para provocar o riso.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Laudable inventiveness and satirical daggers that stick it to the aimless, video game addicted slacker generation.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
...a film in which all the sad compromises of adulthood are symbolized by a pressing need to lop off your undead neighbor's rotting head with a cricket bat. Nicely done.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A film geek's dream come true... Shaun is a delightful romp through bloody entrails and pints of beer.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
rife with finely observed lunacy as our dim-witted hero attempts to save the day armed with little more than a cricket bat and . . . the body language of an agitated gerbil
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Impeccable performances...crack timing...Horror plaudits aside, Shaun of the Dead is out in front as the funniest comedy of the year.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Shaun of the Dead is by far one of the most entertaining horror movies (and comedies!) I've seen all year!
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
This is a zombie movie with brains. Or, as the zombies themselves would put it, with braainnnnssss.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Shaun of the Dead's splattering of scatological jokes and goofy gruesomeness never fully congeals.
Nick Schager - Filmcritic.com
One of the funniest movies of the year!
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The amusing but inconsistent Shaun of the Dead is a marriage made in hell.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
Intelligently wicked and bloodily appealing in an agile sort of way.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Shaun of the Dead will appeal to audiences of all ages and tastes, and is a fine example of British comedy done well.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
One of the best romantic zombie comedies ever!
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
A clever spoof film that's actually well-written, witty, dynamically shot and edited, thankfully lacking the mentality of expelled phlegm.
Jovanka Vuckovic - Rue Morgue Magazine
One of the endearing aspects of Shaun of the Dead is that, like Young Frankenstein, it pokes fun at its inspirations but plays by their rules.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
It is, in terms of pacing, comic references and home furnishings, an undeniably British production, and hugely enjoyable for it.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Desperate, dull and enough to have Romero's zombies spinning in their graves. Well, more than usual, anyway.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
'a raging success at pretty much everything it does.'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
Nightmarish for all the right reasons.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
British comedy that is actually funny. Not only that, but it's clever, funny, anarchic, funny and refreshing. And it's funny too.
Adrian MacKinder - Future Movies UK
A side-splitting, head-smashing, gloriously gory horror comedy.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Pegg and Wright brilliantly send up both the zombie genre and British society by showing how mindless everyday life is--there are zombies all around us!
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Idiosyncratic and strangely sweet.
Daniel Etherington - Film4