Box art for George A. Romero's Land of the Dead

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead

horror, sci-fi & fantasy


In George A. Romero's Land of the Dead" an organized army of zombies outside the city walls is evolving. Inside, anarchy is on the rise among the disenfranchised."

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    74%
  • Audience Score
    51%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Vintage Romero bloody, grisly, and not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this zombie movie is relentlessly, though resourcefully, bloody, and not for children. Parents should be aware that it follows in a tradition largely established by director George Romero, aiming for innovative uses of grisly special effects makeup with a focus on loose body parts, vicious dismemberments, and exposed viscera. (Aficionados of the genre will appreciate the outrageousness.) When they aren't killing or eating each other, characters smoke, drink, dress scantily, do drugs, prostitute and pimp, and use foul language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about this movie's class analysis. Aside from the obvious social and moral problem posed by the greedy rich man in a tower, the film also presents zombies as a class exploited by humans. How do the zombies become analogous to slaves? Why might the underclass humans (locked outside the fortress city and mall) identify with the zombies? How do the heroes triumph by banding together and trusting each other, rather than fighting each other?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: a weak, if fun, appendix to Romero's excellent trilogy.

- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh: Land of the Dead is a horror flick, but not a screamy one -- the booming soundtrack pumps up the drama, and the gore induces squirms, but zombies more titillate than anything.

- Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, Friday, June 24, 2005

Fresh: Land's gruesomely creative zombie atrocities stretch an R rating's limits like a bloody tendon about to snap.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 24, 2005

Audience Reviews

3 stars

This is an exceptional film and returns Romero to the genre he created with vengeance. Simon Baker leads an all star cast that includes the mesmerizing Asia Argento, the witty John Leguizamo and the perfectly demonic Dennis Hopper. The post September 11 themes are buried within the script and the character development is better than expected. The overall concept is a bit weak, "they just want somewhere to go" is a bit stretched and I'm glad that he kept with his traditional ways of having the zombies move slow as sin. Romero has always been a dramatic-concept director and not an overly flashy choreographer of elaborate and beautiful sequences (i.e. zack snyder's wonderful remake of "Dawn of the Dead" was a great film unto itself and he did an extraordinary job modernizing it?but without Romero's initial vision, the film wouldn't exist.) It's unfortunate that audiences didn't embrace this entry into the "dead" series. Anxiously awaiting World of the Dead.

- matertenebraum, Thursday, November 4, 2010

3 stars

This is an exceptional film and returns Romero to the genre he created with vengeance. Simon Baker leads an all star cast that includes the mesmerizing Asia Argento, the witty John Leguizamo and the perfectly demonic Dennis Hopper. The post September 11 themes are buried within the script and the character development is better than expected. The overall concept is a bit weak, "they just want somewhere to go" is a bit stretched and I'm glad that he kept with his traditional ways of having the zombies move slow as sin. Romero has always been a dramatic-concept director and not an overly flashy choreographer of elaborate and beautiful sequences (i.e. zack snyder's wonderful remake of "Dawn of the Dead" was a great film unto itself and he did an extraordinary job modernizing it?but without Romero's initial vision, the film wouldn't exist.) It's unfortunate that audiences didn't embrace this entry into the "dead" series. Anxiously awaiting World of the Dead.

- matertenebraum, Thursday, November 4, 2010

3 stars

it was good but not anything special. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Tuesday, June 29, 2010