The 24th Day Reviews

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Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
May 11, 2004
An ethically repugnant, relentlessly monotonous chamber drama that manages the difficult trick of boring and irritating its viewers simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
May 11, 2004
No amount of fidgety editing and anxious soundtrack atonality can distract from the creakingly implausible scenario.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
July 21, 2004
The movie is never more than a hesitantly filmed recording of the play.
June 18, 2004
For all its flaws, it's still pretty effective, thanks to Scott Speedman and James Marsden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 14, 2004
Boasts one of the most ludicrous plots ever committed to digital video.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
May 13, 2004
Tony Piccirillo's independent video feature suggests a second-rate Off-Off Broadway play as it might have been captured on a camcorder by a doting parent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 14, 2004
Despite strong performances, this drawn-out Day feels like a cross between the claustrophobic play it once was, and the R-rated After-School Special it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 14, 2004
There's something deeply troubling, not to mention cruel, about Piccirillo's willingness to use AIDS as the ultimate consequence in a scenario about truth and sexual behavior, and about a scenario in which a gay man is once again targeted as patient zero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 2, 2004
What might have proved reasonably compelling onstage comes across as forced on film, with credibility taking a back seat to contrivance.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 20, 2004
Can perhaps be commended for attempting to raise serious moral issues, but not for the ham-fisted way it does so.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
The ceaseless twists and turns Piccirillo keeps introducing are at first intriguing, but eventually become tiresome, as if he's trying to hold our interest any way he can.
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
September 27, 2004
The battle of wits and the search for the truth goes along right up until the film's unpredictable ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 17, 2004
At times The 24th Day plays like a two-man actor's workshop. As navigated by talented actors and director, it nonetheless proves a riveting ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 20, 2004
Scott Speedman and James Marsden, two talented and attractive actors who know how to hold attention, perform with depth and range.
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