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06/10/2013 by Richard CorlissThe movie's craft makes the dread of a killer virus contagious: viewers may feel they have come down with a case of secondhand SARS or sympathetic monkeypox.
Wall Street Journal
06/10/2013 by Joe MorgensternHeedlessly derivative though it may be, 28 Days Later does what it sets out to do and then some -- scare us out of our wits, then get us to apply those wits to an uncommonly intelligent and provocative zombie flick.
06/10/2013 by Nathan RabinLater does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating.
06/10/2013 by Anthony LaneThe picture is twitchy and annoying, flecked with blood and half-digested ideas, and too much is left unexplained.
06/10/2013 by Jonathan RosenbaumDanny Boyle's purposeful direction and Mark Tildesley's imaginative and resourceful production design keep this fresh and edgy; the images of a wasted London and the details of a paramilitary organization in the countryside are both creepy and persuasive.
06/10/2013 by Christy LemireWhat also makes 28 Days Later effective, and sets it apart from other thrillers, is that it makes you care about the characters.
24/06/2006 by Tom CharityDanny Boyle has got his edge back.
New York Magazine/Vulture
07/08/2004 by Peter RainerIt makes for a more intimate brand of horror, one we can't explain away by pretending we're watching the same old well-oiled Hollywood malarkey.
01/07/2003 by Rex ReedIn the old days, a feverish programmer like 28 Days Later would end up on the bottom half of a double bill.
Ebert & Roeper
30/06/2003 by Richard Roeper... really creepy and really scary ...
28/06/2003 by Andrew O'HehirI enjoyed watching this film, mostly because Murphy and Harris make such an appealing central couple to build a new world around. But nobody should mistake this for a killer-zombie movie with real soul.
27/06/2003 by Ann HornadayDetestable, not just because its action is so vile or its technique so crude, but because its moral imagination is so impoverished.
27/06/2003 by Peter HowellDirector Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland have rebounded smartly from the bloated Leonardo DiCaprio debacle that was The Beach, their previous collaboration.
27/06/2003 by Moira MacDonaldIt's unpleasant stuff, told without winks or humor, and it's so perfectly pitched that you can't take your eyes off it, even if this sort of hard-edged horror isn't exactly your cup of Diet Coke.
San Francisco Chronicle
27/06/2003 by Mick LaSalleIt has eerie images, a compelling situation and an unusual capacity to surprise.
27/06/2003 by Roger MooreDerivative but horrifically effective.
27/06/2003 by Rene RodriguezThis smart, genuinely creepy movie also feels real, which is why its horrors hit so hard.
Globe and Mail
27/06/2003 by Rick Groen[Boyle's] back on British turf here and in fine dark form.
27/06/2003 by Tom LongThe rare horror film that splatters and pauses to consider the splatter, that follows a traditional storyline and then improves upon it, and that avoids cliches while playing one out.