"[Martin] Freeman embraces his role wholeheartedly, delivering an emotionally charged performance which perfectly captures the strength, fear and vulnerability of his multifaceted character... [Simone] Landers handles the emotional and physical demands of her character with a maturity beyond her years, delivering a performance that is both heartbreaking and uplifting... Cargo is an expertly crafted visual feast which tugs at your heart strings from start to finish."
"Cargo is a very strong, at times stirring achievement: a zombie film with soul and pathos. The living dead are frightening again, not because of jump scares, surprise attacks or haunted house style shenanigans, but because they remind us of truly terrifying things: losing ourselves, and our loved ones."
- The Guardian
"Pitting Martin Freeman against the undead in the Australian outback, Cargo may take a bite out of a teeming genre, but it does so with heart, smarts and some weighty matters on its mind. As the film’s star once again tramples across a vast expanse of land — albeit in rather different circumstances to The Hobbit trilogy — first-time feature director duo Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke turn a zombie pandemic into a musing on parental love, environmental destruction and the nation’s cultural disharmonies."
- Screen Daily
"A terrific spin on the 'zombie' movie, weaving traditional Aboriginal narratives into an unforgiving landscape for an experience that's truly unique... What Ramke and Howling manage to do is use our familiarity with the tropes and continue to ramp up the tension until we get to the inevitable but powerful conclusion. The result is a showcase for original Australian stories, and one of the most remarkable new takes on the genre."
- The Reel Bits