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The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. (C) Paramount

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  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    It’s entertaining as hell. ...read more

  • 88
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    World War Z towers above every other alleged summer blockbuster. It’s the real deal. ...read more

  • 83
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    World War Z manages to be scary without descending to in-your-face gore -- it wants to frighten its audience, not disgust them. ...read more

  • 78
    Film.com - by William Goss
    An efficient and effectively exciting globe-spanning zombie thriller. ...read more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    Leave it to Brad Pitt, producer and star of World War Z, to try to put the zip back in zombie. ...read more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Forster and his team have also mastered the discreet edit, leaving a lot of the blood, gore, and zombie slime to the imagination. (It's still a pretty convincingly creepy affair.) ...read more

  • 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. ...read more

  • 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. ...

  • 75
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    World War Z, based on a novel by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"), has a relatively plausible perspective on mass catastrophe. It deserves comparisons to Steven Soderbergh’s brainy “Contagion.” ...read more

  • 75
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    World War Z is epically realized entertainment that feeds on our fears of apocalypse, but it’s just fast enough and smart enough — and, more importantly, human enough — to keep an audience on edge from start to finish. ...read more

  • 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. ...read more

  • 70
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    Given how efficiently World War Z has delivered jolts and screams over the course of its sleek 116-minute running time, it’s easy to forgive this rushed and slightly muted finale. ...read more

  • 70
    NPR - by Bob Mondello
    The movie has made it to theaters not dead on arrival, but walking dead, running dead, and — when it's really working — swarming dead. ...read more

  • 70
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    World War Z often feels smaller and quieter than it is, because your attention is drawn to details and moments rather than to showstopping spectacles or self-important themes. ...

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    It's fun to see this kind of familiar material done with intelligence and skill. ...read more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    This enjoyable shambles of a sci-fi thriller, directed by Marc Forster in impressive 3-D, stands on its own as a powerful vision of planetary chaos. ...read more

  • 70
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    A genuinely exciting thrill ride that only occasionally feels bloated or painfully dumb. ...read more

  • 70
    Time - by Richard Corliss
    Here’s the oddest element in this tale of Hollywood fine-tuning run rampant: the movie is pretty good — the summer’s most urgent, highest-IQ action picture. ...read more

  • 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. ...read more

  • 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. ...read more

  • 67
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Director Marc Forster is very good at amping up the terror, but after a while, we reach zombie overload and we might as well be watching an infestation of Transformers. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marjorie Baumgarten
    World War Z comes across as a smart and ambitious horror movie, a bio-disaster film along the lines of "Contagion" or "28 Days Later." It’s nail-bitingly tense at times, although these well-executed moments mix with others that are too much of a murky jumble to follow with any precision. ...read more

  • 67
    indieWIRE - by Eric Kohn
    World War Z may wear its intellect proudly, but also consciously translates the zombie premise into a safer context for wider audiences. It's not the smartest zombie movie ever made, but might be the most commercial one. ...read more

  • 63
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    The result is a movie that, while no classic, can be credited with giving the audience something a bit more substantive than the usual disposable summer fare. ...read more

  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The screenplay feels like the culmination of all sorts of things being thrown against a wall to see what sticks. As it turns out, there's not enough. ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The stakes are high and the excitement's there and the results, as previously stated, are messy but fairly entertaining. ...read more

  • 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. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by David Fear
    Go big or go home, they say; World War Z picks the wrong choice for its slow fade-out, and, instead of leaving you in fear of being chomped upon as you exit the theater, makes you feel enraged that you’ve been more than a little cheated. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out London - by Cath Clarke
    The result looks less like a horror flick and more like a thinking man’s action-thriller – the ‘Newsnight’ of zombie films (you’ll know if that’s your cup of tea). ...read more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Henry Barnes
    While some of World War Z is rotten, the whole stands as a punchy, if conventional action thriller. ...read more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    Brad Pitt delivers a capable performance in an immersive apocalyptic spectacle about a global zombie uprising. ...read more

  • 60
    Total Film - by Paul Bradshaw
    Choosing quantity over quality, intensity over tension and big-screen thrills over low-fi shocks – this is probably what the zombie apocalypse will actually look like. ...read more

  • 60
    Empire - by Nick de Semlyen
    This nightmarish travelogue is coy about gore, but it’s still an effective thrill-ride. If the sequel happens, let’s hope it delivers some actual combat. ...read more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    World War Z bucks the current trend in summer blockbusters by feeling weirdly understuffed. It’s an episodic adventure without enough episodes. ...read more

  • 58
    The Playlist - by Oliver Lyttelton
    The film can be engaging, well-made, and even a touch more interesting than it has much right to be. But it's also far from a satisfying work as a whole. ...read more

  • 50
    RogerEbert.com - by Matt Zoller Seitz
    Just bloody eye and ear candy. ...read more

  • 50
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    Without a character, he’s (Pitt) back to that soft, appraising, Robert Redford Jr. stare, his mouth half open as if he’s about to speak but plainly with nothing on his mind apart from, “This is what a movie star looks like without any lines.” The ghouls are having deeper thoughts. ...read more

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    Although there are some initial feints at using zombies as a metaphor for third-world issues and cultural differences, the picture forgets all that stuff by the final reel. World War Z opens with an undeniable bang. But if this is the way the world ends, we’re going out with a whimper. ...read more

  • 50
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    So once you figure out the first rule of Zombie Fight Club — nothing too bad can happen to Brad Pitt — the movie is, despite intermittent thrills, rote. ...read more

  • 40
    The Telegraph - by Robbie Collin
    What we get is a collection of moderately violent action set-pieces untroubled by humour or broader coherence. ...read more

  • 20
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    It is no summer thriller. It’s an anemic actioner that fosters excitement like dead limbs as it lumbers toward a conclusion. ...read more

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