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June 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite arriving in theaters seemingly hobbled by horror stories about its onerous production problems, critics generally agree that World War Z amounts to, as Liam Lacey describes it in the Toronto Globe and Mail, “a perfectly decent thriller.” Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times remarks that “unless you knew about the film’s troubled past, you’d never guess it existed. Against considerable odds, the ability and professionalism of the cast and crew have carried the day.” Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer also assures his readers that the movie “shows no visible signs of the production woes that have dogged the project.” In fact, several critics have called it the best of the big blockbusters released so far this season. As a zombie flick, it’s “slightly cleverer and classier than most,” writes Rafer Guzmán in Newsday. And Ty Burr in the Boston Globe concludes that “the movie’s just fast enough and smart enough — and, more importantly, human enough– to keep an audience on edge from start to finish.” It apparently did not keep New York Post critic Kyle Smith on edge very long — if at all. “World War Z,” he writes, “began promisingly enough, with a sudden zombie outbreak in Philadelphia that had me hoping my dream might finally come true: At last, would I see the cast of Silver Linings Playbook torn into pieces and devoured? Alas, nothing that interesting, or interesting at all, ever happens.”