100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Think of this witty, economically gory little tour de force as "28 Days Later" written by linguist Noam Chomsky.
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63

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Between its ridiculous setup and its hard-to-care-about ending, McDonald still manages to craft an engaging suspense film that -- when you're not scratching your head in puzzlement -- will have you on the edge of your seat.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A horror flick that's all talk and (almost) no action? The risk pays off better than you'd think.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Efficient enough to attract a cult audience.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The premise has potential, but there's no follow- through. And there's no actual zombie mayhem; we learn everything secondhand -- from phone calls to the station.
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50

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Pontypool doesn't jell--its pretensions way exceed its reach--yet it's madly suggestive, and it rekindled my affection for the genre.
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50

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A small Canadian horror film that makes the most of its minuscule budget.
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40

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Pontypool is something like a claustrophobic, locked-in-the-barn zombie movie, only almost without zombies.
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40

Variety

A zombie flick sans bite.
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40

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
For a film about the perils of too much talk, there's quite a lot of babbling presented as profundity. The political statements in Pontypool, much like those in another recent Canadian offering, Atom Egoyan's trite terrorism hand-wringer "Adoration," seem all the less provocative for appearing several years too late--McDonald's film might have had more punch if it were released when Bluetooth first rolled out.
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54 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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