Warm Bodies movie poster

Warm Bodies

In theaters February 1, 2013

97 minutes

It’s the ages old tale: boy meets girl, boy eats girls boyfriend. R (Nicholas Hoult), much like the rest of Earth’s population, is dead. He’s a zombie trying to make the most of his situation. He has a home, best friend and even a daily routine. That is until Julie (Teresa Palmer) enters his life and an odd romance ensues.

Warm Bodies is a light-hearted, moderately entertaining entry in the recently popular – horror love-story genre. Essentially, it’s a lampoon of the Twilight franchise, with narrative modeling Romeo and Juliet, and Beauty and the Beast.

At the heart of Warm Bodies is a forbidden love story in the spirit of Shakespeare’s tale. This modern translation trades zombies for Montague’s, humans for Capulet’s and zombification for weapons. The Beauty and the Beast and apocalypse-curing romance elements are cheesy, but unlike Twilight, Bodies plays it that way. There’s even a Pretty Woman reference that works well.

What isn’t so warm is pace, and I’m not referring to the zombie walk. Bodies moves at an excruciating speed. At a mere 97 minutes, this movie feels bogged down by too many flashbacks that don’t add value.

Overall, Warm Bodies offers enough humor and amour to drag your spouse out for a movie date.

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Movie Reelist Contributor: Chris Giroux
Chris Giroux is founder and editor-in-charge at Movie Reelist, an entertainment news and review blog serving the most fanatic moviegoers. Chris started his publication in Detroit in 2010 and has since reviewed hundreds of films and interviewed numerous talent across the country. He is an avid film festival attendee and red carpet photographer, having shot the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bill Murray, Mark Hamill, and more. Chris grew up in New Mexico, where he studied mass media writing while working in post-production and multimedia authoring. It is also where he discovered Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York, resulting in an unhealthy Kurt Russell obsession.


  1. This film was zombie slow in parts, but was very enjoyable throughout. I learned some things about zombies I never knew before. Plus, I felt sorry for the other zomboys/men, because I didn’t see any other hot zombabes around for them…What’s up with that? Keep up the “AWESOME” reviews Chris.

  2. I want to see this movie so bad! I was unable to attend any screening and I think I want to see it bad enough to pay for it. Thank you for your review!

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