91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's scary good fun.
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88

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
World War Z towers above every other alleged summer blockbuster. It’s the real deal.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
It’s entertaining as hell.
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78

Film.com

By William Goss
An efficient and effectively exciting globe-spanning zombie thriller.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
World War Z is still as smart, shifty and scary as a starving zombie ready to chow down on you, baby, you.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The first 25 minutes or so of this “Contagion” meets “28 Days Later” thriller will leave you breathless. And the rest of it serves up novel and often entertaining solutions to the various “zombie problems” that this over-exposed genre presents.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Exciting, truly harrowing and smartly directed apocalyptic thriller from Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball"). It's the scariest zombie movie in many years.
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70

Variety

By Scott Foundas
Emerges as a surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon, owing as much to scientific disaster movies like “The China Syndrome” and “Contagion” as it does to undead ur-texts like the collected works of George Romero.
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70

Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Forster's meticulousness—coupled with ample excuses to blow stuff up—isn't enough to turn World War Z into one of those class-A end-of-everything movies that leaves you feeling just a little bit queasy, momentarily uncertain of your own small place in this unmanageable world.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Essentially, it boils down to familiar fare: a well-paced, entertaining, conventional action thriller where a reluctant hero saves the day.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.