Box art for Resident Evil

Resident Evil

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

An ultra-gory video game-to-movie disappointment.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has extremely gross and graphic violence, with many disgusting deaths and truly icky monsters. Characters are in extreme peril and most of them are killed. There is very strong language and a brief sexual situation with nudity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how people should respond if they believe that their organization is doing something wrong and about the kinds of controls our society establishes to keep private organizations from getting out of control. They can also talk about how this movie could have been better.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    reviews counted: 28
    see all Resident Evil reviews
  • Audience


Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A fresh hybrid of zombie horror, high-tech sci-fi and butt-kicking thrill ride.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 15, 2002


- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, September 10, 2004

Rotten: Such a bad movie that its luckiest viewers will be seated next to one of those ignorant pinheads who talk throughout the show.

- Charles Savage, Miami Herald, Friday, March 15, 2002

Audience Reviews

1 star


- aquateen2, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1 star

Based on a video game of the same name, the "Resident Evil" films have become part of the cultural zeitgeist. While I find Paul W.S. Anderson films to be exploitative, gross, and so very lame, I get the allure, I do, but his films always leave a taste in my mouth, reminiscent of an egg binge. This film is a little more forgivable, because of its source material, using a woman as the protagonist and hero, and its huge impact on video game adaptations. Still, it looks so cheap and dark, which makes it more like a bit video game from the early nineties. The zombies were well constructed, and the zombie dogs were really gross and cool, which reminded me of great exploitation films of the seventies. Still, it just wasn't all that different from other action films, and it looked cheesy. The characters were indistinguishable, the premise was poorly executed, the Red Queen was not all that frightening, and Milla Jovovich is a blank slate, in the worst way. Just a badly executed, dark, kind of film.

- FrizzDrop, Friday, March 28, 2014

3 stars

Oukay. Not really bad but nor really good also.

- citawijaya, Saturday, March 15, 2008