The Grade Book: “Warm bodies”

Warm Bodies

Plot: A zombie begins to change back into a human after he somehow falls in love with a human. 

Director: Jonathan Levine.

Writers: Jonathan Levine (based on the novel by Isaac Marion).

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, and John Malkovich.

Genres: Romance, Comedy, Horror.

Running Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Warm Bodies has unforgivable inconsistencies in its script, but the film works due to inventive ideas, good performances, and some fine production values.



  • Joe Cauwel:

Grade: D

The lamest attempt at making zombies into loveable characters. Zombies are dumb and they are cannibals. They don’t listen music and fall in love.

  • Cody Dollarhide:

Grade: B

Overall, a cute parody of the supernatural trend in the last few years, mixing the stereotyped fairytale creature’s romance with a human woman, and a zombie apocalypse. The humor was decent and enough to have me chuckling at parts. It’s a good movie for a date, and I would have given it a C+ if it wasn’t.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: B+

A surprise for me. This could possibly be a sleeper hit. I was mesmerized in ways that I can hardly describe. A “Zombie Romance” film. It exists and it works. But, what I can say is that Jonathan Levine is a great director. Teresa Palmer, Nicholas Hoult, and Analeigh Tipton and Rob Coddry sell their respective characters. And the concept is a strong one. This movie deserves to be seen.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B

Nothing great or profound as I had hoped for but I liked this twist on the zombie genre. At least it will never be considered the Twilight of zombie films. And it had a kick-ass soundtrack!

  • James Michael Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: C+

It had its moments but could have been great if they pushed the envelope a bit more. It has some original ideas and is based on a cool concept, but never really goes beyond what you see in the trailers. Warm Bodies was enjoyable but could have been more memorable.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: C

This movie just wasn’t for me. The performances are very good, great on Nicholas Hoult’s part, and when it tries to be it is very funny. However there are inconsistencies with the zombies and the movie is excruciatingly predictable. I knew exactly where it was going 99% of the time. Also, this movie is all over the place. It has no idea what it wants to be. A parody? A romance? A comedy? You decide, because this movie sure couldn’t.

  • Nick Iacobucci:

Grade: B+

One of the biggest surprises you will get out of a movie in quite a while. This “ZomRomCom” is touching, funny, romantic, and an all-around good time, and filmmaker Jonathan Levine proves to be no fluke after 50/50 and now this. It has a completely original plot line within a widely overused zombie premise. Highly recommended.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: B+

A cute, heartfelt comedy that may seem more like a chick-flick from first glance, but think again! The blending of multiple genres, great jokes, and a somewhat original story all aid in creating something intriguingly different. It’s enjoyable for both sexes, believe it!

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: A-

If Romeo and Juliet and Zombieland were put in a stew and mixed in the liquid form of Twilight and every sappy, romantic teen film out there, then this is that brilliant outcome. A killer soundtrack, a clever and intelligent script, and fantastic performances from everyone, especially Nicholas Hoult, make Warm Bodies a must-see for anyone who has a pulse.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B+

Yep, I’ll say it, this is the zombie version of Twilight with better acting and a better story. It also is one of those films that plays well with both males and females by giving them each a storyline that they can appreciate — such as the zombie apocalypse, plus a love story. Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult have amazing chemistry and the film presents a solid amount of laughs. It was a pleasant surprise and sure to become a cult classic.

  • Steven Merced:

Grade: B-

Director Jonathan Levine is slowly becoming a low-budget movie genius. With movies like 50/50, The Wackness and now Warm Bodies, he is showing amazing diversity in his style of comedy. A great original story with some dedicated actors giving good performances is what keeps this movie moving at a good pace, but due to its lack of laughs and poor CGI the film’s grade takes a hit. Good news is as far as Rom/Com/Zom movies go this is the best there is. Bad news is that as for romantic comedy movies go, this is just above average.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: A

An original and inventive movie. Combining comedy, romance and zombies successfully is something that is hard to come by, but director/writer Jonathan Levine has put together an entertaining movie.

  • Alex Perez:

Grade: B+

The film definitely has some pacing issues and some slight predictability. That being said, Warm Bodies is an extremely fun zombie rom-com that is a great pleasure to watch. I’d also be lying if I said this wasn’t a great date movie….. though I’m a lonely virgin…… (cries).

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: B-

A very good romantic comedy with zombies that beats Twilight into submission. Great chemistry between the main two actors and it’s even self-aware about itself at times. Funny and sweet; a very good date movie.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B

Warm Bodies has some major inconsistencies in its script that bring it down a bit. However, the film has some inventive ideas, good performances, an awesome soundtrack, and some occasionally great cinematography and editing. Nothing memorable, but fun enough.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: B-

A surprisingly decent romantic comedy that doesn’t necessarily go as far as to be at the same level as Twilight. Some humorous moments, a nice tone, good performances, and a decent script get one through the film.

  • Brandt Sohn: 

Grade: B+

A film that works as both a satire and celebration of all things zombie. Not only is this a romantic comedy that is done right, but the story is able to balance the humor with some really nice moments of drama and most importantly, heart. Warm Bodies is a hit for me and could quickly become one of my favorite zombie flicks.

  • Delon Villanueva:

Grade: B

A safe but entertaining genre mash-up that really could have benefited from a stronger script. Jonathan Levine’s direction towards the source material is great, evenly mixing the dark, gritty world with the cute love story. It’s also got very refreshing performances, especially from Nicholas Hoult and Rob Corrdry. The movie has all that, but unfortunately the screenplay doesn’t develop the story and relationships enough. Instead, it often cuts to blatant exposition and undeserved resolutions. It’s a bit underwhelming, but luckily, it doesn’t stop the film from being a fun time. Makes for a good date movie.

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