Zombi Child

critic Reviews

85% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score85%
  • If the strain of its ambitious juggling act sometimes shows, Zombi Child remains an entertainingly audacious experience, enlivened with thought-provoking themes.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    "Zombi Child" seeks to interrogate the bitter legacy of French colonialism, from its brutal applications in the past to its spiritual and psychological reverberations in the present.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    Bertrand Bonello blends his singular style with his fascination with voodoo for an exceptional film.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    French voodoo/gothic drama "Zombi Child" is mostly satisfying, but also a little frustrating because of its creators' walking-on-shells sensitivity.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Andrew LapinNPR
    Haiti's rich history of revolution and rebirth is still in want of filmmakers willing to take it seriously. But at least this one returns the undead to their roots, before they themselves were colonized.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    The movie's inconclusiveness is the source of its appeal; "Zombi Child" is fueled by insinuation and fascination.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ignatiy VishnevetskyAV Club
    For Bonello, whose previous films have emphasized emotional continuity over conventions of chronology and realism, it all seems to be part of the same continuum, suggesting a deeper, contradictory myth.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Dustin ChangScreenAnarchy
    Fanny's silly school girl story aside, Zombi Child digs deeper into hasty Western appropriation of everything non-European, non-Anglo American culture.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Zombi Child is an artsy horror film, but underneath the surface is a nuanced commentary on social classes and what happens when people are complacent about wrongful oppression.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    The ideas are often better than the execution.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Christopher SchobertBuffalo News
    Bonello's continent- and time-period-spanning film leads to a surprisingly emotional conclusion, and includes some beautifully haunting imagery.
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