Night of the Living Dead1968

Critics score:
96 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Vincent Canby, New York Times:The dialogue and background music sound hollow, as if they had been recorded in an empty swimming pool, and the wobbly camera seems to have a fetishist's interest in hands.Read more

Amos Barshad, New York Magazine/Vulture:If [Romero's] original vision of the undead looks dulled by today's standards, his embedded political commentary on racism feels just as sharp.Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader:Over its short, furious course, the picture violates so many strong taboos -- cannibalism, incest, necrophilia -- that it leaves audiences giddy and hysterical.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:I felt real terror in that neighborhood theater last Saturday afternoon. I saw kids who had no resources they could draw upon to protect themselves from the dread and fear they felt.Read more

Nigel Floyd, Time Out:Chuckle, if you can, during the first few minutes; because after that laughter catches in the throat as the clammy hand of terror tightens its grip.Read more

Variety Staff, Variety:Although pic's basic premise is repellent -- recently dead bodies are resurrected and begin killing human beings in order to eat their flesh -- it is in execution that the film distastefully excels.Read more

Elliott Stein, Village Voice:George Romero's remarkably assured debut, made on a shoestring, about a group of people barricaded inside a farmhouse while an army of flesh-eating zombies roams the countryside, deflates all genre cliches.Read more