Parents' Guide to

World War Z

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Brad Pitt zombie thriller is dull, despite intense moments.

Movie PG-13 2013 116 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 13+

Not a bad zombie movie

Good movie. With some terror but not much gore for a zombie movie.
age 15+

Cool movie but extremely intense!!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (141 ):

The bestselling novel World War Z by Max Brooks (Mel Brooks' son) started a bidding war right out of the gate, and unfortunately it's been turned into a sloppy, dull summer action flick. Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher) has never shown much personality or skill when it comes to big movies; his action sequences are shaky and choppy, and his suspense sequences are clunky rather than tense. The entire movie has a grim, serious demeanor that sucks all the potential fun out of it. It's probably the least scary zombie movie ever made.

WORLD WAR Z is also one of those movies that makes you want to scream at the characters for not being very smart; if they'd seen even one zombie movie, they'd know not to make the same old mistakes. There isn't a scene in it that couldn't have been done better. Not even the actors pass muster: Pitt is on autopilot, and character actors like David Morse are gone before they've had a chance to warm up. The title of this dud should have included more "Z"s.

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