George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead Synopsis
A group of film students runs into real zombies while filming a horror movie.
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By Glenn Kenny
A giddy kick-out-the-jams entertainment. Diary takes a tack that's not exactly new, but is new to Romero, and as one might expect, the...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Horror movie Rule #1: The only way to kill a zombie is to shoot it in the brain. George Romero himself laid this maxim down with his first...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This one belongs with the leaders of the scare pack. Isn't it time that we give Romero his due? It's hardly an accident that Stephen King,...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The way Diary of the Dead chooses to deliver its gore, you know you’re in the hands of a grown-up uninterested in the excesses of the “Saw”...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
What divides opinion is the film's tone: Are those naive, portentous pronouncements about media, voyeurism and the numbing, pornographic...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It's one of the least scary films that he's made - but still entertaining, and very, very gory.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Diary of the Dead isn't bad; it's a kicky B movie hiding inside a draggy, self-conscious-work-of-auteurist-horror one.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
This "Living Dead" exercise delivers far less monstrosity and a great deal of pomposity, not to mention dull characters who aren't nearly...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are a few clever moments, as when an Amish farmer saves the tech-savvy students. But mostly, we're in it for the gore.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Moderately scary, moderately amusing, intermittently dull and obvious, Diary of the Dead is not groundbreaking, nor even ground-quaking.
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diary of the bored

By Ern
I have a love/hate relationship with zombie movies. I love to see them, but I hate zobmies. This movie was extremely painful to watch. Usually in a horror movie there is at least one character you...

Everyone involved should be imprisoned!

By roadnate
Let me start by saying that I am a huge Romero fan. I like EVERYTHING the man has made...except this dreadful waste of film. This move wasn't just bad, it was among the worst movies that I have...

A classic Romero executed exceptionally

By Asyrith
If you are a Romero fan, you will not be disappointed. You can't go expecting a new, revolutionary spin on things, because that's not what you'll get. You will get a great film, especially for the...

I wish Land was the end of the dead series

By Jazzy135
Good old George, always mad about something. Usually it produces a good movie, but not this time. Looking at it strictly as a zombie movie, there are a few good gore scenes, but they're few and far...

A different Romero

By Lowlanderband
To be honest, I had to see this movie twice... the first time I left the theater unsure about what I had seen. This wasn't your typical Romero zombie flick... it had a different spin. Sure, the...

diary of the dead!

By katiejo
it was an awesome movie i like how it was from the eyes of the people who where really in the midts of it all. it did make me motion sick but so did cloverfield and i saw that twice! if its a good...

Diary of the Dead

By spiritwind
If you are looking for the simple horror of a zombie flick. Then the suspense and action of Diary is better than Land of the Dead, but not as good as Romero's Dawn of the Dead. If you take the time...

Classic Romero

After the jumbled mess that was "Land of the Dead", It was good to see a good Romero INDY film. Great mood and scares! Must see for all Romero fans. My wife covered her eyes most of the film! Try...

A zombie should have been ashamed being in this movie

By carli5
Remember the other Romeo movies. The ones you put in the player every week and watch. Well, this is not one of them. Over his career Romero has gotten more and more "preachy" and in this one the...

Dear Diary,

By kbunky
Anyone with even a passing interest in the flesh-eating zombie film genre, launched so shockingly by George Romero in 1968 with his classic "Night of the Living Dead," should consider shuffling off...

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Rated R | For strong horror violence and gore, and pervasive language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Gory zombie movie raises questions about media.
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