The Crazies Reviews

  • Here's what I can say for sure about the humanoid attackers in the new version of The Crazies: They're not very interesting.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The problem with The Crazies? Not crazy enough.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • The Crazies is familiar B-movie fare, but it's also lively fun and presented with well-paced flair. Be sure to watch it in a safe and contained area.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Adapted from horror master George A. Romero's micro-budget 1973 classic, The Crazies delivers some satisfying scares but skims blithely over the darker ramifications of its story.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • The Crazies does what an exploitation movie should: It gets in, it scares you silly, and it gets out, all while playing fair by the audience.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • It devolves to simple run-and-hide cliches, usually accompanied by jarring musical jolts.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The big difference between Mr. Romero's film and Mr. Eisner's -- which is so intelligent you fear the fanboys will scatter -- is that Mr. Eisner never gives us the military's point of view.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • Romero had quite a lot on his mind, back in the day: Vietnam, the Kent State shootings, a wicked distrust of the military and the Man in general. Eisner has almost nothing on his mind.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Even on the level of killer-virus-gone-wild gore-fest, The Crazies as rejiggered by Eisner is a dud.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • The last thing I need is another Jump Out/ Loud Noise/Alarming Chord Movie.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It should not be judged for what it is not. But nearly everything about it works.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • [A] respectable update.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Director Breck Eisner cranks up the gore to levels that are overpowering and unpalatable.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • This remake of George A. Romero's 1973 biological warfare shocker is a trim, taut, terrifying essay in homespun horror.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • If there's a message in all this, it's buried in blood splatter. Which is fine, but makes The Crazies more disappointing than if it had less lofty goals.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • In the big picture, the government is the bad guy. In the moment, however, the school principal with a blood-drenched pitchfork will do quite nicely, thank you.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Eisner and his scenarists (Scott Kosar, Ray Wright) make changes mostly for the better, ramping up the horror factor via tighter focus on the imperiled locals and the requisite hike in gory violence.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • Even for a horror movie, The Crazies is a bore, and we're talking about the most boring genre this side of dysfunctional-family indie drama.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The Crazies struggles to find novelty and laughs, and must battle the overwhelming sense that we've been here, seen this too often and too recently to experience any real surprises.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Eisner brings plenty of tension and some gratifying scares amid the ordinariness of Main Street U.S.A., clapboard farmhouses and wide fields.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

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