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28 Days (2000)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 57

Even though 28 Days is tackling a difficult subject, it comes off light and superficial, and maybe even a little preachy.

38

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 15

Even though 28 Days is tackling a difficult subject, it comes off light and superficial, and maybe even a little preachy.

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Gwen Cummings is a successful New York writer living life in the fast lane and everyone's favorite party girl. She shares this roller-coaster lifestyle of hopping from dance club to bar to hangover with boyfriend Jasper-handsome, magnetic and equally attracted to life on the wild side. Life is just an exercise in debauchery-until Gwen's ungraceful display at her sister Lily's wedding, when she gets drunk, commandeers the limo and earns herself a DUI and 28 days in court-ordered rehab. There,

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Drama, Comedy

Susannah Grant

Jul 5, 2005

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28 Days is a cutesy, heavy-handed morality tale that contains nary a believable moment.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Bullock brings a kind of ground-level vulnerability to 28 Days that doesn't make her into a victim but simply into one more suitable case for treatment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's going to take more than 28 Days to jump-start Sandra Bullock's stalled career.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Eminently likable Sandra Bullock has lately shown a bizarre knack for choosing hard-to-like movies. 28 Days continues her unenviable streak .

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Strong rehab story for mature high schoolers.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

28 Days contains Sandra Bullock's best performance...it's just too bad the film itself isn't up there with her.

August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

An off-kilter collection of shallowly observational postcards from the edge... [that's] more a laundry list of emotional checkpoints than a sustained, compelling narrative.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

An underrated actress, Bullock capably fulfills the demands of her role as a pill-popping drunk. But the story never allows Bullock to escape the comfort zone of a romantic comedy.

June 15, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

An out-of-control young woman who is in denial is forced to finally confront her multiple addictions.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Plays it pretty safe for the most part, but it does give you a hint of what goes on in the real world.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

28 Days starts out on the wrong foot by attempting to milk far too many laughs from Gwen's sloppy-drunk behavior.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Its effort to be both a rollicking farce and a dark drama of alcoholism doom it to a certain failure from the get-go.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The result is a hard-knocks movie whose edges are smoothed away to please an addiction to happy endings.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

None of the characters are particularly engaging, not even Bullock.

January 1, 2000
Greenwich Village Gazette

Un mensaje que por momentos quiere ser profundo y reflexivo pero que, desafortunadamente, se queda en el intento

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Moviola

Betty Thomas' amiable little rehab romantic dramedy 28 Days may aspire to be more, but it's clearly another member of this disingenuous movie family.

January 1, 2000
Reel.com

With a script by Susannah Grant written as if in bumper stickers, fortune cookies and Oprah transcripts, 28 Days is the kitchen-sink rehab flick.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

We are a long way here from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

Bullock also covers herself with gratuitous comedy and predictable drama to prevent audiences from seeing the naked truth of addiction.

January 1, 2000
Winnipeg Sun

On balance, it's as bland and predictable as a domestic draft beer.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Audience Reviews for 28 Days

Lifeless, soulless movie about a subject that isn't shown the respect and reverence it deserves. Bullock, who would go on to make more dramatic films with awful scripts, is the shining light in the midst of the darkness, as per usual. Though her performance varies between the girl next door personality she achieves so well in her romantic comedies and the dramatic, which she struggles with in some of her other films, here she grasps it easily enough. The beginning was well structured, had emotional depth, and resonated. The character was sloppy yet superficial, and very mean tempered. Her attitude was that of an addict, and Bullock really captured the persona of someone in rehab. Then she makes a U-turn, pretty much out of the blue, and all of sudden it's about stupid comedy, over the top drama, a love interest that feels out of place, and some really strange plot choices altogether. The minor character of Gearhardt, played by Alan Tudyk of all people, was possibly the worst character I have ever seen onscreen. He is duplicitous about his role as the comedic relief, and it was just painful all the way through. Bullock has to maneuver through so much inaccuracies, melodrama, and heartless froth in order to show any emotional response to Viggo Mortensen's character, the lives of her friends in rehab, and her own fate. Another great role came from Steve Buscemi who is the only realistic character in this entire thing. It's entirely made of fluff, but amusing, heartfelt fluff. More like insulation riddled with asbestos. The film does not show addicts to their true potential, and tries to make light of something that is actually a serious disease, and though it is addressed, it is also belittled by the plot and characters themselves, and nothing can make up for Gearhardt....nothing!
May 4, 2012
FrizzDrop

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The Life of the Party... before she got a life.

Good film! Sandra Bullock did an amazing job at one of her earlier films as an actress. 28 Days" is one of the most accurate movies about alcoholism and drug addiction I can remember. The film does not glamorize or poke fun at its thematic content, but instead shimmers in truth depicting the problems in which a nowhere life can lead.This movie teaches us lessons through its characters. And the lessons are well taught. Recommended to all.

After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, refusing to admit that she has an alcohol addiction. After getting to know some of the other patients, Gwen gradually begins to re-examine her life and see that she does, in fact, have a serious problem. The path to recovery will not be easy, and success will not be guaranteed or even likely, but she is now willing to give it a try.
March 6, 2012
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Manu Gino

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one whole star (and a half!) just cause i love ms. bullock. the rest of this trip to rehab is like a trip to rehab ... blech.
May 14, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

A good comedy drama as a New York journalist has to go to rehab for 28 days to cure her addiction to alcohol. It has some good actors and has some funny moments. Overall more drama than comedy but still a good film on the whole
March 7, 2010
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