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Based on 39 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland plumb the violence of the mind with slashing wit and shocking gravity. Happy nightmares. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    By the finish, the movie is getting by on little but adrenaline and audience goodwill. Still, that goodwill runs fairly deep, because, taken all in all, 28 Days Later is a superior motion picture. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The look of the film, shot on digital video, is haunting and gritty. The cleaner, prettier look of 35mm would have detracted from the immediacy and sense of foreboding created in this artful blend of sci-fi and pseudo-realism. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Rarely has so scary a thriller been so well made, and never has digital video -- by the English cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle -- been put to grittier use. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's “The Wizard of Oz” with a viral infection. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    [Boyle] shrugs off any intellectual pretense to rollick in a dead-on scare fest. On that level, 28 Days Later is indeed a frightfully good time. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    But this smart, genuinely creepy movie also feels real, which is why its horrors hit so hard. Fans of the scary stuff, run, don't walk. show more

  • 88
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    In place of elaborate sets, clever filmmaking gives the impression of a central London emptied of people and cars, to eerie effect - and this opening reel is nothing short of magnificent. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    The genuine article, a hard-core horror picture from start to finish... Prepare to get seriously stresed. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    It's a zombie flick that moves -- no stumbling, staggering living dead here -- in an atmosphere that feels like a Gothic docudrama, and it's freaky beyond all reason. show more

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  • Zombieland (2009)

  • Dawn of the Dead (2004)

  • I Am Legend (2007)

  • 28 Weeks Later (2007)

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

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