Moria says, "The film certainly does not hold back on gore –in fact, it is its raison d’etre. Outside of the various gore scenes however, there is not much to the film". 1000 Misspent Hours closes a positive review with this:
Later Fulci films would display more imagination and a bold penchant for the surreal that is absent here, but he also often failed to bring his more personalized visions to convincing life on the screen, and prosaic though it may be, Zombie is surely his most satisfying and compelling work.Empire Online says,
Some sequences are quite striking as the shambling undead emerge from their graves or advance menacingly and the serial‑style silliness is sort of endearing, but Fulci's monotonous pacing and a few too many descents into total absurdity curtail the entertainment value.DVD Beaver says, "Lucio Fulci's 1979 B-movie near masterpiece "Zombie" (a.k.a. a slew of other titles) has enough worm-ridden zombie flesh, horrendously fake yet appalling gore, and completely superfluous female nudity to make this a winner." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 42% and an audience score of 70%.