Hoult is excellent as R. He shows a nice gift for physical comedy, and keeps up an amusing narration while he slowly becomes more human.
Palmer (“I Am Number Four”) is fine as his open-minded love interest, with John Malkovich glowering like only he can do as her dad, the surly leader of the remaining humans.
Notable in the supporting cast is Rob Corddry, who draws several legitimate laughs as R’s zombie best friend. Analeigh Tipton (“Crazy Stupid Love”) is also very good as Julie’s understanding pal.
“Warm Bodies” has some scenes of action and violence — there’s a second level of zombie, fleshless “bonies” who just can’t be reasoned with — but it’s better as a comedy, when it explores R’s budding humanity.
Maybe the zom-rom will become a whole new genre. Sorry “Twilight.”
Rental recommendation: Check out Hoult as an eccentric 12-year-old who teaches Hugh Grant how to grow up in “About a Boy.” Grade: B+.
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Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
Rated: PG-13 (for zombie violence and some language)
Running time: 97 minutes