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4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

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Average Rating: 2.2/5
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In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They're in love. She's a painter, he's a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon - except that this isn't a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are

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Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Abel Ferrara

Jul 17, 2012

$15.7k

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (14) | DVD (1)

Though it gains traction toward the end, viewers may finally feel puzzled or indifferent. You expect a bit more from the end of the world.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Rehashing old arguments in the hours before certain death is a tedious waste of time - theirs, and ours.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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If the end of the world was just hours away, would New Yorkers still be able to get takeout? Yes, if Abel Ferrara's mind-bending "4:44 Last Day on Earth'' is any indication.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Ferrara movingly celebrates connection, cooking life down to just its barest essence: a man, a woman and a need.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well).

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Your last day - or, as it happens, the whole planet's last day - will be just like every other one. Mr. Ferrara makes this point with ingenuity and characteristic thrift by using found news footage to provide images of apocalypse.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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4:44: Last Day on Earth quickly devolves into an absolutely endless piece of work that's rife with laughably avant-garde elements and underdeveloped, one-dimensional characters.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Intermittently captures the sense of human desperation it strives for, as if to say the best we can hope for is to crawl past the finish line.

November 5, 2012
Projection Booth

Too many things were left unexplained about the end of the world. Why not a greater sense of panic? How was the internet still up and running so smoothly? I'm just one of those guys who wants everything to fit into place by the end. It didn't.

August 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

An exercise in emotional tedium.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Uncompromising in its hallucinatory qualities and densely symbolic, 4:44 is a difficult sit, better appreciated for its appealing thespian swings than any of its intended meaning.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

... the last thing we'd expect from the aging enfant terrible behind Bad Lieutenant and King of New York ... comes off as a somber testimonial/warning commissioned by a think tank overseen by Al Gore ...

March 27, 2012 Full Review Source: CinemaDope
CinemaDope

Well, it's better than "Melancholia" but strictly for Abel Ferrara fans like me.

March 24, 2012 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A dreary and unappealing film about a couple of messed-up New Yorkers and what they choose to do just before the end of the world.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Watching the excessively craggy Dafoe and the excessively nubile Leigh roll around on their pre-Apocalyptic mattress was certainly good for a giggle.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

I can't say it's my favorite Ferrara, and it's extremely downbeat, but it's also amazingly effective for such a low-budget, maverick effort.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The ever-original Abel Ferrara offers a stunningly believable final day among New Yorkers waiting, like the rest of the world, for the final hour of planet Earth.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's a film by a cynic, to be sure, but a cynic who still is in desperate love and voracious lust with life.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for 4:44 Last Day on Earth

I couldn't get very far into this absurd movie. I gave my copy away to an artsy friend. She couldn't finish it either. Trash. It's just trash. Mercifully, the movie's short so you can at least tell people you got half way through it.
April 4, 2013
cchclaw

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A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end.

Bad Film! This film must have been pure profit for the makers. I think about 20 percent of it must have been archived footage from around the world. The biggest problem I had with this movie is that it reminded me of a mediocre film school project at best. It tried to be artsy but failed. It tried to be philosophical but failed. It tried to be an emotional tale of a shared ending and failed. It tried to tie all these together with the worst music and sound effects that I have heard in some time. My ears are still ringing. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one unless you happen to be in the mood to be severely underwhelmed.

In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They're in love. She's a painter, he's a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon except that this isn't a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They like the majority of the Earth's population have accepted their fate: the world is going to end.
July 17, 2012
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Manu Gino

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"4:44 Last Day on Earth" is the kind of ponderous movie that provides insights as to why Willem Dafoe is now doing commercials, for which he receives a special dispensation for. Otherwise, there is not that much thought going on here, even at the end of the world. Yes, Al Gore is right but surely we could think of a better epitaph for the human race than that.

Storywise, Dafoe plays Cisco who spends his last day with his much, much younger significant other Skye(Shanyn Leigh), arguing, having sex and Skyping, thankfully not all at the same time. This sort of thing might have actually had a chance of working if they were in an isolated cabin in say Montana but not Brooklyn, where news reports notwithstanding, there would be something more out of the ordinary going on than one person jumping to his death right before the apocalypse.
November 28, 2013
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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

was waiting for an epic ending, but my guess was right half way through... this film was done on what.. one hand held camera? and a lot of youtube clips mixed together to make it all... educational and... stoned for the stoners... how ever, really smart, interesting and epic way of looking at it.... I was just hoping for a massive cliax at the end, then that would be an epic sequel to ah... one of them.. Armageddon... Deep Impact.... Day After Tomorrow... I love them flicks but THIS ONE.... I'll give ya 3 quid... take it or leave it... talk to me... terry tibs!
July 10, 2012
Shawn Montague

Super Reviewer

    1. Cisco: The world's going to end.
    2. Tina: Let's get some Vietnamese food. So yummy!
    – Submitted by Bruce R (11 months ago)
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