‘Warm Bodies’ gets warm reception from critics

Feb. 01, 2013 | 1:10 p.m.

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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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6 Responses to ‘Warm Bodies’ gets warm reception from critics

  1. KVic says:

    i thought it was a GREAT movie. i hate zombies… i think that its over done and that people give way too much high praise to monsters who want to eat you and ruin the world – how is that cool? – but i read isaac marions book 'warm bodies' and its one of the best books ive ever read and the movie had a few differences but it was still wonderful. ive seen it twice already and ill see it many more times. if all zombie creators could have isaac marions point of view, theyd be worth reading and watching!

  2. Emma says:

    I LOVE this movie!!!!it kicked hunger games off a cliff:)

  3. dopper0189 says:

    This is the beginning of the end of zombies, in 10 years zombies will get the twilight treatment they'll be sexy young things on CW….

  4. Shelbe says:

    When I went to see this move it was sold out. I really loved this movie and was worth my money. I even want to see it again which is rare. Hoult was fantastic as the zombie lead, this was way better than the Hunger Games.

  5. June says:

    I’ve never liked zombies, but I loved this movie. It is sweet, adorable, funny and wildly entertaining. Way better than Beautiful Creatures, which I saw the same day.

  6. John Smith says:

    I saw the movie and I thought it was a perfect blend of zombie/romantic love story v(I know, it's a weird mix), as in they didn't go too overboard on the whole zombie eating humans thing but left enough of it in to fuel some serious character develepment.

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