The Day Reviews

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Top Critic
August 30, 2012
A savage B-movie thriller with unrealized aspirations to profundity ...
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
August 28, 2012
Harbor only the expectations aroused by a production of WWE Studios and don't get too attached to any hobbits.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 31, 2012
The film feels unbelievably long at 84 minutes, and the color-drained, hand-held cinematography serves only as a reminder of just how good "Night of the Living Dead" really was.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Gholson
Movies.com
February 6, 2012
The Day's cannibalization of other, better films is its downfall; there's just not enough unique material here to nourish.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
August 28, 2012
Despite being a nasty and skillful action film, Douglas Aarniokoski's film goes off the rails in the final stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 31, 2012
Glum, poorly acted, and hard on the eyes, The Day is a flat feature with a few spikes of absurdity that push the production into unintentional camp.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 6, 2012
Could definitely have benefited from twenty more minutes of story.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 1, 2012
Take Cormac McCarthy's The Road and cross-pollinate it with a couple dozen other more aggressively low-grade genre entries and the result is this very self-serious yet narratively unoriginal offering.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jon Caramanica
New York Times
August 29, 2012
"The Day" cycles through bursts of horrific violence only to end much as it begins: static, hollow and vague.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 29, 2012
Towards the end, you might find yourself thinking, "Well, this could have been worse." And you'll mean it as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine
August 31, 2012
Once these tropes are established and have a minute or two to settle, that's when things get interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 29, 2012
Every day is gloomy in "The Day," Douglas Aarniokoski's film with a creepy, paranoid atmosphere that's more effective than the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2012
"The Day" is just good enough to engage audiences, but it falls well short of remarkable, leaving viewers wishing for a dawn that never breaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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