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There's a deadly zombie epidemic threatening humanity, but Wade, a small-town farmer and family man, refuses to accept defeat even when his daughter Maggie becomes infected. As Maggie's condition worsens and the authorities seek to eradicate those with the virus, Wade is pushed to the limits in an effort to protect her. Joely Richardson co-stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller.

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger , Abigail Breslin , Joely Richardson , Laura Cayouette , J.D. Evermore , Amy Brassette , Denise Williamson , Raeden Greer , Aiden Flowers , Taylor Ashley Murphy , Douglas M. Griffin
Directors: Henry Hobson
Release: 2015-05-08
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  • Eric Kohn

    The movie subtly examines whether people accustomed to a precise way of life can deal with cataclysmic change; by extension, it implies similar questions about Schwarzenegger's career as he heads toward his seventies, and makes a solid case that more new directions await.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Though Henry Hobson’s hugely promising debut feature is generating buzz from the casting of a fine, low-key Arnold Schwarzenegger as the anguished father of a semi-zombified teen, it’s Abigail Breslin’s gutsy, nuanced turn as the reluctantly undead title character — at once a heroine to be protected and a mutant threat to be destroyed — that makes the film unique within its grisly canon.

    Variety Full Review
  • John DeFore

    While Hobson's smarts are evident here, the picture's uniformly dim visuals and sometimes overplayed sound design are static enough to do a disservice to his work with the cast.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David D'Arcy

    The surprise in Maggie is Abigail Breslin, playing a teenager who flares and burns with dread as she becomes aware of the horror of her infection. For a zombie film, her performance delivers real emotion which is rarely seen in this genre.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Maggie is not your standard zombie movie, and while it tantalizingly puts action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger into the lead role, the film is actually low on setpieces, and instead is a ponderous, sombre take on the genre that may leave those looking for a traditional horror flick disappointed.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Dan Callahan

    A zombie movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger sounds like it should be campy fun, but first-time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie is grimly one-note, a small mood piece and character study that relies heavily on its three main actors: Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    I give the odd, small film Maggie all the points in the world for experimenting with genre-blending and subverting audience expectations, but there’s just too much about it that fails to connect.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Maggie has some rough edges — what caused the epidemic, for instance? — but it's still a worthwhile effort, especially for a first-time director. And for an old pro like Schwarzenegger, trying something different and succeeding.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    It's an odd concept, turning a zombie movie into a downbeat actor's showcase, but first-time director Henry Hobson gets great work from a subdued Schwarzenegger and an even better performance from Abigail Breslin in the title role.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    The sight of Schwarzenegger in this small, subdued role makes us root for his survival. That’s the power of star wattage at work. Not even the undead can kill it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The words “Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie” create certain expectations. Maggie, the glum new indie that technically fits that description, meets almost none of them.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    Maggie” is Schwarzenegger’s “Cop Land,” that is, a feature designed to highlight and showcase that which an action movie hero could only hint at in glancing moments between explosions. Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The film suffers a bit for its slowness. But once you get used to the fact that this is not “World War Z,” it has its small pleasures, which are both cerebral and emotional.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Downbeat but humanistic, Maggie is the rare zombie tale that's less about the appetites of the walking dead and more about their complicated emotions.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Gore is kept to a minimum, a fact likely to disappoint audiences out for blood. It's a changed Schwarzenegger on view in Maggie, and the change becomes him.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Sad and forlorn as Maggie is, there are no surprises left in Zombieland.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    It feels a little like ‘a very special episode of The Walking Dead’ and might be a tad low-key for its field, but Schwarzenegger and Breslin are good and the payoff is affecting.

    Empire Full Review
  • Paul Bradshaw

    A sad, gloomy family drama dressed up as horror, Maggie proves that Schwarzenegger can act when he wants to – even if he still looks like he’d rather be blowing shit up.

    Total Film Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It’s not a great movie, but it’s haunting, a sort of one-stop shop for a range of cultural anxieties — plague, environmental catastrophe, big government threatening the sanctity of home and family.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    A rewarding, moving and satisfyingly original film.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Past the novelty of its conceit and casting, and the animating intelligence of its first-time director, Henry Hobson, Maggie is a bit of a drag.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Henry Hobson’s zombie movie does for coping with terminal illness what "Dawn of the Dead" did for consumerism, the difference here being that Hobson isn’t interested in satire, only sadness. Oh, and he’s got Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Michael Ordona

    Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) plays the infected daughter. Her performance seems unsettled at first, but it doesn’t take long for Breslin to sink into Maggie’s (rotting) skin, aided by some fine makeup work. Her most effective moments come when the teen faces the inescapability of her death.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The plot is lean, the dialogue is spare and there are some intriguing stabs at intellectual and emotional terrain. But the pacing is deadly, so slow there might be time for a catnap or two without missing anything important.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The film feels very tiny, and intentionally so. This isn't a horror film at all, which is an odd thing to say when you're talking about a movie with zombies in it.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    While zombie drama Maggie seems intended as a showcase for Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting range, the star's performance is smothered by the film's deeply affected style.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Bidding to be the “Terms of Endearment” of zombie movies, Maggie sucks all the life out of an idea that just won’t die.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Its only claim to uniqueness becomes running the standard zombie narrative through a Hallmark-card filter.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Zombies, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a certain Terrence Malick je ne sais quoi — what could go wrong? More or less everything in this low-budget head-scratcher and periodic knee-slapper.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Its creepy atmosphere aside, Maggie is a slog of the living dead.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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