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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 212
Fresh: 95 | Rotten: 117

A ludicrous popcorn flick filled with clunky dialogues, but spectacular visuals save it from being a total disaster.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 25

A ludicrous popcorn flick filled with clunky dialogues, but spectacular visuals save it from being a total disaster.



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Directed by Roland Emmerich, this mega-budget, special-effects-laden epic revolves around the onset of an international series of crises brought on by the long-term results of the greenhouse effect. At the eye of the storm is paleoclimatologist (a professor dedicated to the study of weather patterns throughout the ages) Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), who voluntarily takes on the preservation of the world in the dawn of the next ice age and all the disaster that comes along with it -- violent

Oct 12, 2004


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Many of the clichés in this movie predate the last Ice Age.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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A shambles of dud writing and dramatic inconsequence which left me determined to double my consumption of fossil fuels.

August 1, 2004 | Comments (3)
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... the situations are just so ludicrous that it really detracts from the quality of the special effects ...

June 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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An exceptionally stupid movie.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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For all of its dire premonitions, foreshadowings of horror and easy targets for Jay Leno jokes, The Day After Tomorrow is eye-poppingly awesome and wonderfully entertaining.

June 3, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It fulfills its summer air-conditioning duties with flippant ease, and its enjoyably cloddish attempts at political relevance add a fascinating layer of incongruity.

June 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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"Trite" really isn't doing justice to the degree to which [the film] has not a single thought, character, or line of dialogue that hadn't been run into the ground by the beginning of the '80s.

December 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Some cool special effects...that's about it.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is a popcorn film with a fact based concept, and that's all it is...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The ecological theme is not advanced with any subtlety, but so what? The film works with the broad brushstrokes appropriate to a popular entertainment.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

High-strung, melodramatic hogwash steeped in a measure of scientific fact. Emmerich takes it as seriously as he can and his movie, as a result, delivers more provocative fun than you might expect.

September 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Don't even get me started on the hilarity of the scene where a bunch of people outrun a blast of freezing air and close the doors on it.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

this is one film viewers might want to put off until some time long, long after the day after tomorrow.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Like any other Emmerich movie, this one is loaded with humor, mostly unintentional.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Comments (3)

In case you missed the memo, it's official: God hates us.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies | Comment (1)
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Preposterous, slow, and unimaginative.

February 20, 2005

This is the movie equivalent of trying to get someone to stop smoking by saying, 'Don't smoke, or you'll die instantly within 24 hours!'

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

L'intérêt envers l'orgie d'effets spéciaux baisse rapidement alors que rien d'autre dans ce film ne peut valoir le coût ou la peine d'être vu..

October 12, 2004

What is included on the DVD is mediocre, but it's what's not included that really hurts this release.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

They should be ashamed of themselves by squandering so much money on such a putrid piece of work.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

The patched-together human side of the story doesn't stand a chance against the special effects, which are frequently fun to look at.

September 23, 2004

Beyond the often stunning visuals, I found most of the movie boring, worried it wasn't going to end until at least the day after tomorrow.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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'Emmerich es un cineasta que tiene estupendos momentos de entretenimiento a pesar de que a media película todo se vaya a la borda.'

July 20, 2004

Emmerich's reign at the top of the mega-movie empire doesn't show any signs of dissipating with this unmissable treat.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Audience Reviews for The Day After Tomorrow

Roland Emmerich continues to captivate with his apocalyptic-ideals. Now with this film he is able to express his vision with more visual highlights than before. From a torn-Hollywood sign to New York City in a ice-bounded trap, the film's effects really do make up for it's dull story. 3.5/5
July 27, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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roland emmerich loves destroying the world. there's literally a scene where they're running away from the freezing point of temperature. uh huh...
March 24, 2012
Albert Kim

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nice visuals
March 19, 2012

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The Day after Tomorrow is better then you might expect. This time round Roland Emmerich's big scale effects that always draw in a crowd are worth their agressiveness this time round. Were talking about an apocalyptic disaster film here and it's the genre that Emmerich suits. Although some information in the film is innacurate it's a well made flick with better acting and storyline then expected from Emmerich. In other words, he suprised me.
October 30, 2011
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    1. Vice President Becker: It's easy for him to say, he's safely here in Washington.
    2. Gomez: His son is in Manhattan.
    – Submitted by Mattie J (7 months ago)
    1. Terry Rapson: Nothing like this has ever happened.
    – Submitted by russell b (17 months ago)
    1. Jack Hall: Professor, it's time you got out of there.
    2. Terry Rapson: I'm afraid that time has come and gone, my friend.
    3. Jack Hall: What can we do?
    4. Terry Rapson: Save as many as you can.
    – Submitted by Nick S (21 months ago)
    1. Jack Hall: Where's the library?
    2. J. D.: It's supposed to be... right here. [looking at frozen town]
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
    1. Jack Hall: [on the phone to Sam] I will come for you, do you understand me? I will come for you.
    – Submitted by rob g (2 years ago)
    1. Terry Rapson: Are you mad? That's a 12-year-old scotch!
    – Submitted by rob g (2 years ago)
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