90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland plumb the violence of the mind with slashing wit and shocking gravity. Happy nightmares.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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.
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88

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's “The Wizard of Oz” with a viral infection.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A swankily austere piece of jeepers-creepers sci-fi.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A damn-near great end-of-the-world zombie movie, terrifying on the basic heebie-jeebie level, respectful toward its B-movie forebears, and all the more unnerving for coming out in this fretful era of SARS and germ warfare.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
[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.
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73 out of 100
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