Becomes yet another run-from-the-ghouls exercise, cheapening decent work by a good cast.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
It's decently acted, delivers some well-executed jolts, doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence, and is mercifully free of ironic distance.
Ernest Hardy - Village Voice
Even those trapped and bored in a bunker, surrounded by frozen waste, would tire of this unoriginal sci-fi/horror hybrid.
Jordan Hoffman - New York Daily News
Charlotte Sullivan looks really, really cute in blond dreadlocks. But she can't save the movie, nor can her impressive costars, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers, and Laurence Fishburne.
Tirdad Derakhshani - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's somewhat low-rent and thoroughly humorless - hey, the future's not funny - and, in the manner of the genre, adamantly bleak.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A zombie by any other name is still a zombie in this utterly routine horror pic.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
A screaming, lunging, chomping chase movie that has nothing new to bring to a genre that just won't die.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
The Colony is a blue-bin blockbuster, a collection of recycled ideas of sci-fi thrillers past.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's reminiscent of the more embarrassing excesses of the tax-shelter movies of 30 years ago.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Survival tale in the next ice age is dull and derivative.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
The film strands its archetypal characters in a featureless danger zone and gives them overly familiar dialogue borrowed from a dozen other B-movies.
Inkoo Kang - Los Angeles Times
Rather than watching tough survivors taking on a deadly foe, we are watching something more akin to a low achieving mouse trying to fight off a gang of militant carpet beetles.
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
A collection of disparate genre parts that are presented with a noted lack of snark or irony.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
[Blu-ray Review] A pretty standard post-apocalyptic thriller, economical but unsure of what it wants to be.
Rote sci-fi dogma fails this flick well before the finish line.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
This sci-fi thriller makes us almost feel the frosty cold in our bones, thanks to cinematographer Pierce Gill's magic touch.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Dull and formulaic, it's yet another wannabe post-apocalyptic thriller.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A small-scale science-fiction horror story full of big, troubling ideas about what a new Dark Ages might look like.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The Colony would definitely fit into a Saturday night viewing experience...and you don't have to scour the bottom shelf of some dingy Mom and Pop video store to find it.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Formulaic post-apocalyptic thriller...when you don't especially care who lives and who dies, all the skull-crunching action doesn't amount to a hill of beans.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
The filmmakers' aversion to any hint of storytelling originality means that the main impression "The Colony" leaves is one of almost stupefying over-familiarity.
Godfrey Cheshire - RogerEbert.com
Nothing in The Colony feels real. Not the emotions, the settings, the characters or even the cannibals.
Bill Paxton and Laurence Fishburne certainly add to the experience, but this is not a substantial enterprise, requiring a few extra beats of storytelling and panic to pass as a full cinematic meal.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
The Colony could have been something so much more, but copy-cat genre blandness instead leaves viewers out in the cold.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
Greedily tries to cram every dystopian curse into one misbegotten plot, resulting in something wildly disjointed, even if its pieces arguably connect.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
A longer running time would have served the movie better as well as less reliance on movie cliches and idiocies.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
There are too many cliches and half-developed characters to make us care enough, and the film's vision is not claustrophobic enough to envelop us in its world.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
The Colony isn't good, and it isn't terrible. It is, unfortunately, pretty forgettable, and for that I'm almost more disappointed than if it had been either end of the spectrum.
On the whole, The Colony might have fared better if it had hunkered down and tried to wait out the global winter.
Chris Knight - National Post
The whole enterprise is reduced to the lowest common denominator.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Fishburne's not enough to save this recycled, post-apocalyptic actioner.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium