4:44 Last Day on Earth Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 4, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012

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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
August 20, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mike Scott
April 27, 2012

An exercise in emotional tedium.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
April 20, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
April 6, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Glenn Lovell
March 27, 2012

... 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 ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louis Proyect
March 24, 2012

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

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 23, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Tobias
Top Critic
March 23, 2012

Rehashing old arguments in the hours before certain death is a tedious waste of time - theirs, and ours.

Stephanie Zacharek
March 23, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 23, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
Top Critic
March 23, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
March 22, 2012

Ferrara movingly celebrates connection, cooking life down to just its barest essence: a man, a woman and a need.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Bowles
USA Today
Top Critic
March 22, 2012

Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well).

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
March 22, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
March 22, 2012

Dafoe, with his angular, ever-watchable Edvard Munch features, plays well off the impish Leigh, but sadly, they have little to do besides a "Last Tango at Armageddon" riff, albeit with a genuinely moving finale.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 22, 2012

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.

Chris Cabin
March 22, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
AV Club
Top Critic
March 22, 2012

The mechanics of the pending cataclysm don't interest Ferrera so much as the emotional stakes: How do people act when there's no future left?

Full Review | Original Score: B
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