Warm Bodies is a funnier and pleasantly cheaper-grade movie than Twilight that aims to draw in both Bella & Edward lovers and haters.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
An improbable romance sweetened with appealing performances and buoyed by one of the better cute meets in recent romantic comedy ...
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Warm Bodies pulls a nifty trick in the red-hot zombie genre: It lacks a brain, though it eats plenty of them.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
Fans of "The Walking Dead" can keep moving; there's nothing to see here.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
I don't know if the first zombie date flick is a step forward or backward for civilization as a whole, but I can say that "Warm Bodies" pulls off a pretty impressive trick: It has its "Twilight" and goofs on it too.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The film's intentions are way too good for its own good, producing bloodless romance and more shamefully bloodless carnage.
Chris Packham - Village Voice
Hoult's genuinely awkward charm and Palmer's tomboyish wholesomeness disarm an audience overfamiliar with this story.
Miriam Bale - New York Daily News
The movie has a wry sense of humor that manages to coexist with its all-you-need-is-love theme.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
The whole of "Warm Bodies," in both its comic and dramatic strains, lacks a certain ... what? Ooomph? Intensity? Invention?
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
A muddled teenpic.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
It's like the Capulets and the Montagues all over again - only the Montagues don't have a pulse.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Warm Bodies" is surely the zombie love story of the season.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
You'd have to be a zombie not to enjoy it.
Tom Long - Detroit News
No, it's not the best zombie film, but it may well be the cutest.
Barbara VanDenburgh - Arizona Republic
"Warm Bodies" offers a welcome twist on the living-dead canon, even if the decidedly femme-skewed results ignore pretty much every rule of the genre.
Peter Debruge - Variety
It's not that I disapprove of zombie-human dating. I just don't like having my brain eaten by dead writing.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's not gruesome enough to please genre fans, but not nearly funny enough to be a comedy either. It tries to be a mixture of both and fails.
- Toronto Star
A good-natured romantic zombie comedy that plays like a tamer version of The Twilight Saga.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
"Warm Bodies" sounds a lot better in theory than it turns out to be in practice.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
These bodies, whether human or zombie, feel room-temperature at best.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It wants to be funny, charming, scary, and dramatic. It ends up being a little of each but not successful as any one.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This character-driven genre meld could have used more edge and energy, and less obvious message-mongering, but it scores in terms of atmosphere, humor and charm.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
There are so many clever lines and bits of physical comedy worth revisiting that the movie seems like a likely cult classic, but it's more inclusive than that.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Warm Bodies even suggests that true love can help the right zombie grow a new heart. That's a con job that makes Bodies lukewarm at best.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
This is a bloody fresh twist on the zombie genre.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
In doing a little genre bending of romantic schmaltz and horror cheese - some fundamental zombie mythology is turned on its head - the film breathes amusing new life into both.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
I liked it better than Zombieland, if you're lookimg for something in a similar wheelhouse.
To truly appreciate this zombie Romeo & Juliet you either go all the way with it or not at all.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
It's a toss-up which genre more needs the adrenaline boost Warm Bodies provides: the zombie movie or the romantic comedy.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Warm Bodies proves a movie can have a lot of heart even when the heart of one of the characters isn't beating.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
Warm Bodies is an ingenious hybrid that, at its best, manages to be funny, lyrical and gruesome.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
The film does win you over. This is largely in part to its pair of young actors, Hoult and Palmer, who and have a great deal of chemistry and inject a zip and a fizz into all of their scenes.
- Film School Rejects
Warm Bodies goes straight on to my guilty-pleasures list.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Let's be clear: This is a popcorn flick. The CGI effects are laughable, and it takes a while to adjust to the willfully cheeseball tone, but once it clicks, it's irresistible. In this world, all you need is love. And sometimes a shotgun.
- Willamette Week
This is such a well-written, well-acted, and well-paced film with a great payoff at the end that it proves that "adorable" and "zombie movie" are capable of coexisting together.
Tracie Cooper - TV Guide's Movie Guide
mixes a unique style with a talented young cast to create a grizzly but likeable treat
James Luxford - The National
A strong ending can hide a multitude of sins, and Warm Bodies is perhaps the only zombie movie I've seen that sent me out of the theater feeling happy
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A surprisingly-funny zombie film boasting a killer soundtrack and a great script.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
It's a zombie movie that's the opposite of a zombie movie, which is a reason to sorta love it.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
I imagine if Taylor Swift made horror movies, "Warm Bodies" would be one of her creations.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
while Levine's film may distinguish itself both as genre flick and romance, there are problems in its writing that no amount of unnatural love can quite cure.
Anton Bitel - Cinetalk
This is a love story, done with charm, humor, and tenderness.
David Thomson - The New Republic
Warm Bodies is a charming, fresh and always funny "zom-com" with a lot of heart, thanks to director Jonathan Levine's ability to explore love in the most unexpected of places.
Jeremy Lebens - We Got This Covered
As one might expect from a zombie romance, the film doesn't pack a lot of big ideas. Still, the concept is original, and watching it unfold is loads of fun.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
A reasonably diverting blend of horror, comedy and romance
John Serba - MLive.com
It may be no more than a post-modern update on Beauty and the Beast, but in its success we can see a whole new way of turning the walking dead into something beyond the scary
Bill Gibron - Film Racket
It starts bold and finishes timid and tepid, unable to do justice to its conceit.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
...an erratic yet passable entry in the teen-romance genre.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A wildly imaginative redressing of 'Romeo and Juliet' in stylish zombie clothing.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
Don't think too hard, just enjoy a zombie movie with a twist to go with its 'Walking Dead' charm.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Not too horrific, despite a few early attacks and munchings, this is worth it for the music, the genre joking, Palmer's cool performance and Hoult's committed turn as 'R', easily the sweetest zombie in all cinema.
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley - Rip It Up
A fun mashing of genres that joins the spate of recent films that recasts traditional movie ghouls as misunderstood outsiders. Seems that even the Undead need love.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
To call this an unlikely love story is an understatement, but it is precisely this level of weirdness that makes the romance between R and Julia so surprisingly touching.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
With more romantic mushiness than the brain-chomping kind.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
My zombie boyfriend.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
If you love the un-dead humour of Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, but want an Edward Scissorhands-meets-Romeo and Juliet style romance on the side - then this is the film for you.
Yasmin Vought - MovieFIX
Sometimes feels like the script doesn't quite know where it's going but has plenty of fun getting there.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
...the film's horror element is hamstrung by its bloodless rating, so the filmmakers often focus on the immaculate cheekbones of their leads...
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
While Warm Bodies is more slanted towards comedy and romance rather than horror, it remains true to the zombie genre while pushing it in an unexpected direction.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
It's your classic tale of 'boy meets girl, boy tries not to eat girl'.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
An occasionally funny romantic zombie comedy (or rom-zom-com) that offers a fresh twist on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
Most disturbingly, defence against the dead people is guns; the fact that this is common silliness in zombie movies doesn't make it any better ... It reconfirms the gun-obsession that grips America; they even shoot dead people
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Trying valiantly to replicate the charm of the enigmatic Twilight romance in a zombie reality, this adaptation stiffens like a corpse thanks to its silly script, and sadly neither Teresa Palmer or Nicholas Hoult are any match for Bela and Edward
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Not a particularly substantial film, but a charming, lovable one.
Takes the notion of zombie meets girl an turns it into something that's so crazy that it works
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
A funky, fresh tale of adolescent self-doubt and blossoming love funneled through the prism of post-apocalyptic zombiedom, Warm Bodies conjures a lovely, commingled tone of wistfulness and witticism.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
I somehow think this "sensitive parable" took a little too much from Scott Pilgrim.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Movies With Butter
The movie doesn't stand out much in memory - nothing in it really pops - but it's enjoyable while it lasts.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
...smart, funny, knowing remix of zombie tropes, post-Twilight self-awareness, and youthful yearning for a vague past where, clearly, everything was better. It's a disarming jolt of February awesomeness and the only Valentine's Day movie you need to see.
Dave White - Movies.com
Despite its stumbling storyline, lack of logic and sparse comedy, this ZomRomCom has a beating romantic heart.
Nigel Floyd - Film4
A canny reproach to the insufferable "Twilight" franchise, "Warm Bodies" is almost certainly the sweetest zombie movie ever made. Brain-munching and tender longing make a nice match.
Greg Evans - Bloomberg News
The film has just enough gooey charm to make up for its infelicitous turns.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Warm Bodies is a whoppingly insignificant zombie rom-com clearly aimed at scraping up any cash the horror-lite crowd hasn't already blown on Twilight.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
( ... ) think of it not as a zombie horror movie, but more of a sweet-natured reinterpretation of the romantic comedy genre... with added flesh creeps.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
The zombie genre has been done to, well, death but this has some originality and funny lines, as well as clever make-up.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
[C]ontent[s] itself with the mildest of tweaks at both the zombie and the romantic-comedy genres...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Warm Bodies has such a sweet and quirky spirit that it's a shame the movie isn't better. Unfortunately, Jonathan Levine fails to sustain the story's premise and the narrative pace gets stuck at a zombie shuffle.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
It's all rather endearing.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Adds welcome doses of romance (yes, really) and humor to the zombie genre. Nicholas Hoult gives his most endearing performance to date.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
A novel take on the Beauty and the Beast story but this time the beast is a zombie.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
An inventive and witty twist on the concept of star-crossed lovers the picture is a stylish blend of love story, horror and comedy, engagingly performed by the leads.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Sharp, original and exceptionally funny without sacrificing emotional engagement for cheap laughs, Warm Bodies is a substantial step above most zombie films.
Ben Mortimer - HeyUGuys
Based on the popular novel by Isaac Marion, writer-director Jonathan Levine's film presupposes that zombies can be humanised by love if the call of romance arrives.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Derided pre-release as a zomromcom 'Twilight' wannabe, the movie in fact revivifies a tired, dare we say dead genre, returning it to its Romero roots: It works best as a screwball social and cultural satire.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
thick with postmodern humor and knowing irony, but it never comes at the expense of R and his gradual shift from zombie to the possibility of being human again
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Surprise, surprise: Warm Bodies is not an abysmal Twilight-esque nightmare. It's sweet, at times perfectly droll, but ultimately very uneven.
Tara Bennett - SFX Magazine
A credible zombie flick that is also sweet and adorable.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Warm Bodies has enjoyable moments, some funny lines and a central idea that works for about 20 minutes.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Warm Bodies is a film for "young adults" of many ages.
Grant Rollings - Sun Online
This offbeat romcom about a girl who falls in love with a freshly dead, unusually amenable zombie is smart, entertaining stuff.
Levine, whose script is based on a novel by Isaac Marion, plays the absurd concept poker-straight and allows humour and tenderness to bubble up through the on-screen relationships, much as he did in The Wackness (2008) and 50/50 (2011).
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Thrown together and laughably bloodless, its only reason for existing seems to be to cash in on a tween obsession with the romantic entanglements of the semi-living.
Chris Fyvie - The Skinny
Starting with the least meet-cute encounter ever, Warm Bodies injects much-needed life into a genre crushed to a sugary pulp under the juggernaut of Nicholas Sparks.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
A charmer, but genre purists will likely hate its guts.
Martyn Conterio - Little White Lies
Jonathan Levine's horror rom-com gives the walking corpse genre a Twilight twist ...
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Inventive and frequently very funny zomcom with a sharp script and a pair of terrific performances from Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, although zombie movie fans might feel a little cheated in the gore department.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A romantic comedy with zombies that has only sputtering comedy that is mostly undersold by its cast, and zombies that never entirely make sense or feel like a credible threat.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's all very silly and sweet in that indie-nostalgic way that Levine ('The Wackness' and '50/50') has made his own.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
As a mild diversion that won't bother either person on a date, one could do far worse.
Scott Wold - Paste Magazine
This is Hoult's show, and he steals it admirably, slowly evolving from a shambolic, monosyllabic shuffler to a reliable love interest with enough physical dexterity to kiss the girl.
Chris Knight - National Post
A whimsical, charming love story.
Bill Brownstein - Montreal Gazette
Working from Isaac Marion's novel, writer-director Jonathan Levine bends the rules to make the story work and softens the violence, too, but it's still a witty reinvention of the genre like Shaun of the Dead before it.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
A very funny and surprisingly sweet mash-up of a zombie action film and Romeo & Juliet. It's a bit like a Twilight movie but with better effects and a smarter script. And weirdly, a lot less moping.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
The funniest films in the zombie genre are still 'Zombieland' and 'Shaun of the Dead' but this one is not far behind those two. It is an effective romantic comedy.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Unlike much of early 2013's dead-on-arrival movie fare, this picture has a pulse, and a brain, and a heart that beats strong.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
It's a little film that isn't exactly memorable, but it's a match strike of fresh individuality in a 2013 movie year that desperately needed a spark.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
... breezy and lightweight, but it offers a non-traditional combination of zombie thriller and love story that should satisfy fans of both genres.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Hoult and Palmer provide engaging performances and keep things watchable and Levine's soundtrack is admittedly cool. But overall Warm Bodies struggles to convince.
Rob Carnevale - The List
It's likeable enough, and with more teeth than its vampire counterparts in Twilight.
A Frankenstein's monster of comedy, romance and horror that's less than its parts, Warm Bodies entertains but underwhelms.
Rosie Fletcher - Total Film
Somewhere between the pop-culture deconstruction of Zombieland and the skewed romance of (500) Days Of Summer, this manages to make the apocalypse seem charming. Warm is the right word.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Warm Bodies doesn't even have the conviction to follow through on its lame ideas, let alone its good ones. It's a mostly terrible film that misses the opportunity to be a merely mediocre one.
Hoult has a blend of sweetness and vulnerability that gives R more depth than the average zombie...with much of his performance in his limpid, expressive eyes.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
R's concerns about how he appears to Julie are only a slightly amplified version of what we all go through when we meet someone who inspires to be on our best behavior.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
It kind of reminded me of Twilight, if that movie had an engaging cast, intelligent script, coherent story, and didn't make me want to eat a bullet.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Witless, lackluster and uneven despite a charismatic performance by Nicholas Hoult.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The creative production design and earnest script go a long way in elevating so modest a work.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Even after we thought the genre was exhausted with 28 Days Later ... and then Shaun of the Dead ... and then Zombieland ... and then some ... here we find fresh blood pumped into the format with Warm Bodies.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
With Warm Bodies, zombie fans finally have a film that their romantic-comedy-loving partners can sit through easily and that they can enjoy together.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
The film never quite manages to match the fun, humor and creativity of its opening moments, although the introduction of plenty of charm and warmth mostly make up for the weakening of the funny stuff.(Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Featuring an inept use of on-the-nose music over an insipid narrative that poses as satire, "Warm Bodies" should be taught in film schools for its cornucopia of mistakes that filmmakers should avoid at all costs.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
One of those movies that pleasantly surprises you from scene to scene
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A misunderstood zombie falls in love in a genre mash-up that's surprisingly sweet and funny.
Sarah Sluis - Film Journal International
Easily the first great movie of 2013 (yes, really) ... Espouses a healthy philosophy of overcoming all odds in a genre previously dominated by absolute doom (gloom optional).
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Though R's mind is nimble in (very witty) voiceover, out loud he can only express himself in a series of groans and grumbles--as touching a metaphor for love-struck adolescence as we may see at the movies this year.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
Warm Bodies has elements of true inspiration, but the whole is slightly underwhelming.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
"Warm Bodies" is a delightfully amusing insight into the human experience.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
This film is funny, exciting and fresh, and the strength of its two lead actors is substantial.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Warm Bodies moves at a steady pace and includes enough charming moments to keep the film alive (even if the romance is just undead).
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
"Warm Bodies" is charming, funny and a little gross. It's got something for everyone. It's not too scary for those inclined to stay away from horror films.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Romance with a capital R ensues, love conquers all and so on and so forth. It's cliched (yet makes fun of itself in the process) but cute.
Staci Layne Wilson - Inside Horror
Warm Bodies is a love story set against the backdrop of a bleak future world...but ultimately it offers a ray of hope.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Good luck ascribing a clear satirical agenda to Jonathan Levine's tonally uneven zomcom, which suffers an identity crisis nearly as severe as its protagonist's.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
This strangely sentimental twist on the classic 'Romeo and Juliet' tale becomes a charming, paranormal romantic comedy about fantastical, forbidden love.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Warm Bodies successfully unearths the "human" in budding relationships - and does it with the not-quite-human.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Formulaic in some ways and totally fresh in others
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
'Warm Bodies' has a lot of fun playing with all of these conventions and the result is a clever, endearing little film that is much better than you would expect it to be.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
'Warm Bodies' is beautifully shot, features relatable characters, and a carries a romance that the viewer may actually connect with.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
It bravely reverses the polarity of an increasingly grim genre.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Are you, at least those of you not sick to, uh, death of the undead, ready for the 'Romeo and Juliet' of zombie movies?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
In a genre that's grown so exhausted - what are we, up to "Night of the Resident Evil Dead Part 23" by now? - "Warm Bodies" not only brings in some fresh blood, but has brains to spare.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
"Warm Bodies" doesn't break any new ground or change the face of zombie cinema. It's just a fun, hokey love story... with a bite. A perfect date film, you know, for those who love to love zombies.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
We're left with a setup that guarantees only 15 minutes of wholehearted enjoyment, followed by 80 minutes of intermittent mild amusement.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
"Twilight" fans looking for the next supernatural teen romance might be bummed out that the film's romantic hero, although a cutie, has a little brain matter caught between his teeth.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
An oddball romantic farce that takes place in a horror movie world. Weird, earnest, and rather affable.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Not only did Warm Bodies fail to convince me of its central conceit, but the movie's general depiction of zombie life is shoddy, inconsistent and often downright dumb.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Screenwriter-director Jonathan Levine has an uncanny gift for milking comedy and even romance from unlikely places.
Dan Lybarger - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
For all the ill-fitting elements and plot holes, 'Warm Bodies' pulls everything together with a cheery spirit and a sense of - dare I say it? - heart.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Combining Shakespeare and zombies creates the expectation that the text will be treated with some irreverence, but to a baffling degree Warm Bodies is played mostly straight.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
... Not the stale "Twilight"-with-zombies movie you might think it is. It plays up the comedy of its absurd scenario without completely ignoring the decades of living dead lore preceding it.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
I never thought I'd use the word "sweet" to describe a zombie flick, but that's exactly what Warm Bodies is.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
What the Twilight films might have been if the Twilight films didn't, you know, suck.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
The likable if not remarkable Warm Bodies is the world's first romantic zombie comedy, told from the point of view of a dead guy.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Surprisingly light and whimsical...a blissful contrast to the deadly earnestness of the inter-species romance of 'Twilight' and its ilk.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Hoult and Palmer carry "Warm Bodies" with a delightful conviction their characters' forbidden, "Romeo and Juliet"-like bond can be played like other movie romances, albeit with an obvious twist.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
It flouts convention in a number of ways in service of its genre-mash-up agenda while still contributing something original to the tradition of the zombie film.
Richard Larson - Slant Magazine
Warm Bodies is one of the first must-sees of 2013.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Takes its premise painfully literally, resulting in a series of unlikely developments guaranteed to get hardcore zombie-movie fans frothing with rage -- if they don't doze off first.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
... 'Warm Bodies' may be the best film adapted from this current batch of young adult material that Hollywood is desperate to get right...
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
The affectionate rapport between Palmer and Hoult ensures that we believe something like love can exist between a human and an, um, ex-human.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Accessible for a young teen audience, yet charming enough not to make an adult viewer want to rip their face off.
Despite violence, book-based zombie romance is OK for teens.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
For those who gleefully go along with the premise, it's surprisingly touching and hilarious. Those reared on "Resident Evil" games like me, probably can't buy into a zombie romantic comedy.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
It's so thrilling when all the elements of a film come together just right. Chill-inducing cadavers be damned, "Warm Bodies" is sheer bliss.
It's not the next Twilight as some people anticipated, and thankfully, that's probably the best compliment you could give it.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Just when you thought the zombie genre had shambled off into the sunset bereft of any fresh ideas, a movie like Warm Bodies comes along and makes the undead seem, well... very much alive.
Rick Marshall - IFC.com
What Levine does have is a gently gruesome way of amusing us, converting the uneasiness of a wooer from another species into the everyday anxieties of a young man around a girl he likes.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
That rare thing in modern studio moviemaking - a consequential universe. Hits hurt. People die. Small gestures of kindness somersault into bigger things.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
[Levine] finds strategies in Warm Bodies to make what has long been considered a deathless tale undead in a new way.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Warm Bodies is a sweetly funny and touching riff on Beauty and the Beast or Romeo and Juliet -- if the Beast feasted on flesh or Romeo came back from the dead.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
It's got a big heart and high spirits on a low budget and actors who refuse to phone it in.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
One of the most refreshingly creative zombie movies in recent memory.
At its best, "Warm Bodies" - a rather conventional romance, outside of the fact that one of the two people falling in love isn't alive - has an easygoing, modest appeal.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The weirdness spread around here is best served through intimacy, watching zombie-meets-girl antics up close and personal, inspecting the oddity with a surprisingly open heart and a crisp sense of humor.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
A cute if occasionally cheesy love story that manages to tweak zombie lore while raising the bar on Hollywood's supernatural teen romance phase.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
If you are a high schooler looking for a date flick or slightly older and chaperoning your niece you could do a hell of a lot worse.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
Warmed Over is more like it. A nifty premise and likable lead (Nicholas Hoult)cannot make up for the film's overall blandness.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Though on the surface falling in line with any "Twilight" film, "Warm Bodies" is better produced, acted and written, which isn't saying a lot.
Kevin C. Johnson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
It's the Hello Kitty of zombie flicks.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If we're going to be subjected to tons of "Twilight" wannabes, "Warm Bodies" is a pretty good one.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A refreshing approach to both the zombie and teen-romance genres.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Lots of fun. Hoult and Palmer make an enaging, likable pair- even if one of them is "undead".
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Yes, Teresa Palmer is hot enough to reanimate the living dead.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
Giving a rom-com twist to the always reliable zombie genre, Warm Bodies turns a cute premise into a mildly affecting story of forbidden teen love.
John Hazelton - Screen International
It's hard to beat a brain-eating scene with John Waits' "Missing You" blaring in the background, the '80s ode to the forlorn has never sounded so grotesquely poignant.
Erick Weber - NECN