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February 01, 2013

‘Warm Bodies’ gets warm reception from critics

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Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich star in "Warm Bodies." (Jonathan Wenk / Summit Entertainment)

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Nicholas Hoult, left, Rob Corddry and Teresa Palmer in "Warm Bodies," which led the weekend box office. (Jonathan Wenk / Summit Entertainment)

“Warm Bodies” is getting a warm reception from critics with its head-turning girl-meets-boy-zombie premise.

It remains to be seen whether moviegoers will agree. Also unclear: Whether Super Bowl Sunday will hurt or help “Warm Bodies’ ” box office. (Hard to believe, but not everyone looks forward to a weekend dominated by beer, chicken wings and football.)

But early reviews by some of the nation’s top media critics suggest audiences will be taken with “Warm Bodies’ ” surprisingly sentimental mash-up.

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Los Angeles Times critic Betsy Sharkey says writer-director Jonathan Levine strikes the right tone in the horror-meets-romance film starring Nicholas Hoult as a slacker undead and Teresa Palmer as a human who somehow warms his cold soul: “… 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.”

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Here’s a snapshot look at some other “Warm Bodies” reviews. When you see it (if you see it?) give us your review in the comments below or tweet us your take @LATHeroComplex:

— ” ‘Warm Bodies’ is the first movie worth paying to see in theaters this year,” says Time’s Mary Pols, calling it “an inventive charmer” that is “a likely cult classic.”

— “Overall, ‘Warm Bodies’ doesn’t break any new ground or change the face of zombie cinema. It’s just a fun, hokey love story … with a bite. A perfect date film, you know, for those who love to love zombies,” says Fox News’ Justin Craig.

–Although the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis says the film “is cute and amusing enough to catch on cable one day” she goes on to describe “Warm Bodies” as “an improbable romance sweetened with appealing performances and buoyed by one of the better cute meets in recent romantic comedy…”

But enough of the critics!

We want to know what you think of “Warm Bodies.”

— Rene Lynch


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