28 Weeks Later 2007

Critics score:
70 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 28 Weeks Later doesn't just recycle the premise, apocalyptic mood and insane violence of the original: It adds thematic layers to its zombie milieu, deepening the scares while justifying the sequel's existence. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: Swift, vicious and grimly imaginative, 28 Weeks Later exceeds its predecessor in every way. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: It validates my faith in the disreputable. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Still well equipped to rip your face off. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: There's no better fun for movie lovers than a small, unheralded film that turns out to be terrific -- unless it's a small, unheralded sequel that trumps the original. Such is the case with 28 Weeks Later. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: The social commentary is as subtle as -- well, a George Romero movie. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Bloodier and more action-filled than the original, Weeks nevertheless stays faithful to the grim, grimy tone director Danny Boyle established in his 2002 film with its haunting shots of a metropolis turned into a tomb. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Under Fresnadillo's assured direction, 28 Weeks Later blurs the line between genre entertainment and a photojournalist's shots of the next urban catastrophe. Read more

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: Like 28 Days Later, this movie boasts a chilling atmosphere. The first film had a nightmarish "Could this really happen?" vibe running through it, boosted by the jittery photography and naturalistic acting. The new movie shares that feeling. Read more

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Erin Meister, Boston Globe: Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo re-creates the gritty and spastic look of Days while brilliantly utilizing dark space and shadow to enhance the terror. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: 28 Weeks Later lacks the streamlined thrust of its predecessor but makes for compelling, adrenaline-fueled viewing just the same. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo hurns out a straightforward cinematic gorefest that's competent and repulsive but not much else. Read more

Tom Charity, CNN.com: Combines traditional B-movie virtues -- economy, invention, sinewy narrative spine -- with the eerily resonant spectacle of a 21st-century metropolis stripped of its citizenry. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, a Spanish director best known for Intacto, takes over for Danny Boyle this time around. He has a disconcerting gift for shock effects. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: 28 Weeks Later underlines the fact that when you come back from the grave, you're not always looking so fresh. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Though it is in no way as original or terrifying or just plain brilliant as Danny Boyle's original work, Weeks will still offer horror fans plenty of tense and gory moments. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: 28 Weeks Later excels at creating a keen, creepy sense of a civilization stopped dead in its tracks. Read more

David Germain, Associated Press: We've heard that before. And we've seen it all before, as this woeful sequel presents a strained story and a barrage of turgid action that looks like inferior outtakes from the first movie. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has no problem re-creating the first film's naturalistic sense of dread and lurking menace and embellishing it. It's all shot on the run, with handheld cameras, mostly in the half-light of ruins and sewers. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Terse, economical and infused with a low-fi feel that leaves its mark on everything from the film's light levels (low) to its music (mournful yet rocking), it's a sequel that surpasses the original. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: A screeching and wearyingly hyperbolic exercise in film-school nihilism that finds buried meaning in the term overkill. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Like the first movie, it has a few ideas -- a few too many, perhaps. But new director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is so determined to keep up the pace he explores them even less than Boyle did. Read more

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Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: 28 Weeks Later has a stronger story line [than the original], equally fine performances, greater tension, enough gore to satisfy the most hard-core zombie fan, and a narrative pace that flings us from the opening scenes to the very last image. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: It's an exciting, well-directed thriller that, while providing more than enough action and gore to satisfy genre fans, also offers the political commentary that has characterized zombie movies. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: There isn't much acting here, but there is entirely too much vomiting, and the prose turns laughably purple, too. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: A frenetic killing machine -- illogical, telling in its grasp of human nature and utterly incapable of embracing the humanity it wants to show us. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: A bloody, button-pushing shot of adrenaline. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Another week, another disappointing summer sequel. So it goes... Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: Succeeds as both terrifying horror, gore-fest and, at times, serious drama. Read more

Grady Hendrix, Slate: The first hour of this lean, mean, 95-minute scream machine is so tasty that it redeems the predictable conclusion. Read more

Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times: While the plot is relatively predictable, the pacing will keep audiences riveted and likely fascinated by the ways Fresnadillo and his team deliver death and mayhem. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Only occasionally does [director] Fresnadillo rise above the mundane, but, to his credit, the exceptions are worth savouring. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: A fiercely effective broadening and deepening of the first movie's premise. Read more

Ben Walters, Time Out: The capital locations are put to cannily distressing use. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Relentlessly grim and grisly, 28 Weeks Later is not for the faint of heart. But its provocative post-apocalyptic theme makes for a smart and deeply unsettling film. Read more

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Derek Elley, Variety: A full-bore zombie romp that more than delivers the genre goods. Read more

Nathan Lee, Village Voice: Happy times! And superior horror. 28 Months Later can't come too soon. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: It's an experience for the smart part of your brain as well as its more reptilian corners. We can enjoy the aesthetic qualities, even as we cringe pleasurably from the shock-and-awe entertainment values. Read more