Box art for Warm Bodies

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    80%
  • Audience Score
    73%

common sense

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

  • Tomatometer®

    80%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    73%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 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

Another zombie flick, oh...great, but wait! this one is different, its about a zombie falling in love with a female who's still alive...wait what?. Yes that's right the zombie in this flick is the undead hero and goes after a young girl saving her life. He then goes about looking after her and trying to woo her for her affections, yeah it does sound kinda sick doesn't it. OK so the plot is pretty unique I give it that, its original to see a zombie flick from the zombies point of view. This still doesn't alter the fact its an incredibly silly idea and amazes me it actually got the green light. The start of the film is actually quite good as we see zombie life, the kinda things we all know from zombie horror flicks of the past here presented in a mundane way, daily undead routines. Its got a nice quirky light feel to it, a horror comedy that really got me hooked I must admit. Things do get a bit daft as the zombies try to communicate, as narrated by our hero zombie, we hear his thoughts throughout. Its at this point you're thinking this is why no one has done this before, its ridiculous. The film goes up a gear of course once our zombie meets his girl and sweeps her off her feet. Its also the start of many many plot and idea issues. Not that I'm surprised seeing the content of the film, you know not to expect a completely coherent storyline. Why do the zombies seem to shuffle along yet in flashbacks they run? why do bonies run so well? why do bonies all look exactly the same? why do bullet hits anywhere kill bonies yet zombies need one in the head? how do the zombie masses manage to recover/come back to life? we know it was some kind of biological/viral outbreak that has killed everyone and turned them into zombies. But how would the body recover from this when its been clinically dead for a long period of time? decaying, no heartbeat. Its funny how the zombies are suppose to be completely brain dead (including our hero) yet still manage to speak, think, act etc...At the start when the girl is taken by our hero zombie she can escape at anytime quite easily. All she has to do is run off because the zombies only shuffle around, plus she accepts so easily that she's been captured. Anyone else would have smashed his brains out at the first chance they got, and she gets many. Also why did the other zombies believe she was dead? just because he smeared a tiny bit of zombie blood on her face?? really?. I could go on but I won't simply because its a very easy film to pick apart, but its not suppose to be a thinker. Its a silly zombie flick with a twist and leaning towards comedy, I won't say romance because its just too stupid. Yes the inevitable comparison to 'Twilight' lingers in the air but its not really like that, yes our hero zombie is an 'Edward' type of character with lots of pretty blue eye close ups but he doesn't sparkle. The female 'love' interest is not like 'Bella' either, its not that sappy thank god, although she does kiss him whilst he's still undead (seconds before he is revived), so is that soft core necrophilia?. Nicely original apart from the whole zombie apocalypse/last remaining humans in barricaded city stuff, and I liked the undead bonie zombies. Its not overly funny nor is it overly slushy and wet, its not scary but its not for kids either, it hangs somewhere in between. Had this been a tad more adult, had a bit more dark gallows humour, it could of been in the same league as 'An American Werewolf', but it holds its own.

- phubbs1, Friday, May 24, 2013

3 stars

"Warm Bodies" starts out strong by introducing a unique voice and tone, a surprisingly great young cast, and something to say. Halfway through the movie, though, it runs out of steam abruptly and devolves into a cliche-ridden Twilight-esque thriller, with absolutely horrible special effects. In the process, it loses its identity and eventually shambles to a close. After such a promising first half, the disappointing back end feels much more pronounced. Still worth seeing for the cast (Teresa Palmer resembles a talented, expressive version of Kristen Stewart), the humor, and the solid direction, but prepare of the hollow echo of wasted potential when all is said and done.

- fb791220692, Thursday, May 23, 2013

4 stars

With the sheer bad movies that have plagued the horror genre so far in 2013, it's really a glimpse of fresh air to see this zombie comedy. Along with Mama, Warm Bodies the second genre film that should appeal to horror fans. For zombie freaks, seeing this film should be a no brainer. The film has been described as Twilight with zombies. I know that seems farfetched, but it couldn't further from the truth. The film is a romantic comedy with zombies and with that said it's a fresh twist on traditional zombie movies. For it being a "Twilight with Zombies" film, well, that's crap because Twilight sucks and scraps the bottom of the barrel of bad ideas. However Warm Bodies although showcases a zombie in love with a human girl, is a far better movie in terms of plot, acting, entertainment value and oh yeah effectively reinventing a classic genre. There are some really good performances, especially from its two lead actors. Director Jonathan Levine crafts a solid comedy horror yarn that definitely is a must see for zombie hounds everywhere. This is one of the most surprising films of the year so far, and if you're skeptical about seeing this, don't be. The film is quite entertaining for what it is, and is funny, grotesque and charming all at once. There is much to me with this film, but it nonetheless has its flaws. I felt that the material in some places was weaker than other parts. Luckily the film was always funny and managed to overcome its flaws due to a good script and a wonderful cast aided by effective directing. I really enjoyed this film, and I thought it offered something quite different and original to the Zombie genre. Warm Bodies has its imperfections, but succeeds great due to its concept and humor. This is a film that is sure to delight the most demanding zombie fan.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Monday, February 11, 2013