...a fine fable about life, death and female self-determination (plus zombies).

by Manohla Dargis The New York Times

Like all good fables, it leaves its audience with more enacting questions than blunt answers, begging us to look inward to find the tools we’ve forgotten we have, and to look to the earth for suggestions on how to start anew, reminding us that human and natural connection might be our only antidote to the onslaught of the end times.

by Micah Bucey Spirituality and Practice

The alternating light and darkness here, and throughout “Ever After,” is a wonderful leitmotif for the women’s labyrinthian path, the journey of heroes.

by Maria Garcia Los Angeles Times

What makes this film so impressive is its ease at blending its genres. Superficially a zombie film, this is also part road trip film and oddly part fairy tale. As our heroes go on their journey, they encounter seemingly fantastical entities like castles in the wide open fields or, more importantly, a witch (played by Danish film legend Trine Dyrholm) who posits the film’s main theme. She’s an example of those welcoming this destruction of society, as she deems it simply revenge for humanity destroying what was given to them. The design of the character is fascinating and delightfully surreal, helping to further this film’s own strange atmosphere.

Joshua Brunsting Criterioncast

Destined to become a classic, and a film that zombie fanboys hotly debate, ENDZEIT is a great film that proves that there is a great deal of life in the tired genre if you know where to look.

by Steve Kopian Unseen Films

Endzeit has definitely become one of my favorite films of the year, and one of my favorites of the genre.

by Stephanie Archer Film Inquiry

An intriguing new entry in the still-alive zombie-apocalypse genre, the German-language Ever After (Endzeit), from Swedish director Carolina Hellsgård, goes deeper than most screen depictions of the undead. It’s also gorgeous-looking, thanks to cinematographer Leah Striker, which adds to the film’s captivating quality.

Art For Progress

Endzeit - Ever After's philosophical underpinnings go much deeper than the expected "humanity is the real monster" banality that these films too often mistake for a unique or profound thought.

by Nick Rocco Scalia Filmthreat

Featuring a striking cameo from Danish actor Trine Dyrholm (Love is All You Need, Nico, 1988), ENDZEIT suggests there are things worse than civilization’s collapse. Vivi takes consolation in the stars, which shine more brightly than they had before the disaster. It’s the end of the world as we know it — and she feels fine.

by Kerri Cradock, TIFF programmer TIFF

The open-ended finale will not satisfy genre fans expecting a more conventional orgy of flesh-chomping carnage. But taken on its own terms, Hellgard's second feature is a smart and stylish treat.

by Stephen Dalton Hollywood Reporter

Stunning set design tells poignant stories as the women visit homes where none of the living remain.

by Jennie Kermode Eye For Film

A fresh, beautifully filmed take on the zombie genre from director Hellsgård, adapted from the comic by Olivia Vieweg (who also wrote the script), with women in every key role, both in front of and behind the camera.

by Jim Slotek Original Cin

ENDZEIT explores heavy themes such as mental illness, regret, family problems, climate change, fascist regimes and more, all under the guise of a “zombie movie”, while having some of the most beautiful imagery that’s coincided with the rise of the living dead, thanks to cinematographer Leah Striker (Silent Summer, Krieg).

by Lorry Kikta Nightmarish Conjurings

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