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Warm Bodies

comedy, romance

A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Despite violence, book-based zombie romance is OK for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, given the current popularity of zombie apocalypse stories, Warm Bodies should appeal to plenty of teens. With its Romeo and Juliet romance and appealing leads -- not to mention a popular young adult book as its source material -- the movie is aimed squarely at adolescent viewers. There's a notable amount of violence, including a considerable body count (zombies kill humans and eat their brains). Although the zombies barely speak, there's some strong language (one "f--k," several uses of "s--t," "a--hole," etc.), and a sweet romance that builds up to a passionate kiss (as well as some making out shown in flashbacks). But overall, there's less sexual content here than in the book. Despite the violence, this is a funny love story at heart.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what R and Julie's story has in common with Romeo and Juliet. What are the similarities (and differences) between them and Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers?
  • Some have criticized Warm Bodies for breaking established "zombie rules" the way that Twilight breaks vampire rules. Do you think it matters whether a zombie has ever been able to heal himself in a story before?
  • For those familiar with the book, what do you think about the changes the filmmaker made? Which changes did you appreciate, and which aspects of the book did you miss?
  • If you haven't read Isaac Marion's book, does the movie make you want to?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: "Warm Bodies" sounds a lot better in theory than it turns out to be in practice.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Friday, February 1, 2013

Fresh: In doing a little genre bending of romantic schmaltz and horror cheese - some fundamental zombie mythology is turned on its head - the film breathes amusing new life into both.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fresh: Levine] finds strategies in Warm Bodies to make what has long been considered a deathless tale undead in a new way.

- Bob Mondello, NPR, Thursday, January 31, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

An interesting concept on What normally is a recycled plot! Likeable characters, original and amusing but still even with that originality is an average movie.

- FiLmCrAzY, Monday, March 18, 2013

3 stars

After the zombie apocalypse, one of the living dead finds that he has memories of being alive, and even what it means to love. This zombie twist on Romeo and Juliet starts out with a great premise, but the longer it goes on, the more it sacrifices satire and insight for unlikely romance aimed at the "Twillight" crowd. Not bad but a bit of a missed opportunity.

- 366weirdmovies, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2 stars

Warm Bodies is pleasant but not perceptive. William Shakespeare did this way back in the 16th century when he wrote Romeo & Juliet (another influence). Even The Bard of Avon was borrowing from earlier traditions. "Love Conquers All" is the timeworn concept. Simply adding zombies to the mix is just a lazy technique to make this generic material seem fresh. "We've kind of done vampires to death so let's concentrate on zombies now," is the impression I get from the way the story pitch went. Additionally the illogical plot contrivances further irritate matters. If someone killed my sweetheart, I'd run in the other direction, not date them. Warm Bodies is based on the debut novel of author Isaac Marion. Not having read the source text, I'm not sure how much of the script contains the root of Marion's ideas. Unfortunately the screenplay adaptation feels more like the result of a focus group than the outcome of genuine inspiration.

- hobster1, Thursday, February 7, 2013