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Day Night Day Night (2006)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 13

Day Night Day Night is a minimalist drama that refuses to indulge in stereotypes, making it all the more realistic and chilling.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 6

Day Night Day Night is a minimalist drama that refuses to indulge in stereotypes, making it all the more realistic and chilling.



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Writer-director Julia Loktev's (Moment of Impact) harrowing, claustrophobic thriller Day Night Day Night plunges the audience into the world of a suicide bomber just prior to her final, fatal act. As the film opens, a young woman (played by Luisa Williams) prays to an unknown, unspecified deity, then tucks away into a fleabag New Jersey motel room, when several hooded men arrive, arm her with explosives, and give her instructions to carry out. She then takes off alone, headed straight for Times


Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International

Julia Loktev

Oct 2, 2007

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (13) | DVD (7)

Loktev creates a minimalist study of unfathomable faith.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Unfortunately this portrait of a young woman on the eve of her first terrorist foray -- a bombing of Times Square -- replaces the knee-jerk patriotic bluster of Hollywood films with its own postmodern cliches.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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All in all, it's a creepy subject for a movie -- especially when there is no payoff at the end.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Efforts to universalize this story by avoiding specifics ends up making Day Night Day Night broad and blank, reducing the lead character to one more generic nutcase for us to fear and pity. And isn't the anonymity of bombers precisely the problem?

May 12, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Day Night Day Night brings plenty of shakycam immediacy and a cute face to what seems to be zero point of view.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Day Night Day Night has captured viewers' attention around the world for its remarkable craftsmanship, technical command and distinctive vision.

May 10, 2007
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Viewers will find themselves asking "Why? Why? Why?" in a structural echo, perhaps, of the repetition in the film's title.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

In the end, we're left just as much in the dark as we were in the beginning of the film as to what motivates such a young woman to give up her life.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Day of the Jackal meets The Rapture in a bathtub full of barbiturates.

July 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It is small of scale, budget and even of intentions. But like any act of the unthinkable, it looms large in the imagination.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The kind of movie that is far more interesting and edifying to read about and discuss than it is to actually sit through.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

In striving to nail down every excruciating detail of how an attack might take place, Loktev squanders forward momentum.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

For 94 mesmerizing, narratively minimalist minutes Russian born filmmaker Julia Loktev pushes post 9-11 buttons. The result is a masterfully crafted exercise in dread unlike anything you're likely to have seen before.

July 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film is beautifully built and has moments of terrifying tension. If it can't quite find a way to end, it nonetheless makes vivid work of the time it takes.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

An unflinching look, uncomfortably up close and personal, at a young woman determined to go through actions that we know must end badly.

June 1, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

The film's format and style dictate that she has to hold our interest throughout, sometimes without dialogue.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Julia Loktev's movie never explains the suicide bomber or makes her strange in order to ease your own mind. Rather, it makes you nervous both for and about her.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

This is Filmmaking!

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

For something completely different, controversial subject matter (New York bombing) combines with seamless set/surroundings to project a set of abstract images and a marginally successful experimental adventure.

May 15, 2007
Monsters and Critics

never gives us a simple why

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Audience Reviews for Day Night Day Night

[font=Century Gothic]"Day Night Day Night" proves the old adage that if you have seen one suicide bomber walk through Times Square, then you have pretty much seen them all by so overloading on detail, that what is meant to be frightening instead just leads to a feeling of impatience from the viewer. Actually writer/director Julia Loktev is less concerned with terrorism then with how women are treated by men, in this case, a young woman(Luisa Williams) being coerced by men to do the unthinkable. However, this same woman has the gumption to get on a bus to travel cross country which would take a good deal of free will on its own. The one thing the movie gets perfectly right is the sensory overload to a new visitor to Times Square, giving some idea that the woman is from a less populated area and by her dress, very conservative. But her lack of hopelessness, desperation or anger do not give any indication that she would resort to such senseless violence. Her hyper-politeness clashes with the profile of a suicide bomber(The fellow members of her cell also act very considerately towards her...) in that she seems so afraid of hurting someone's feelings that she would never be rude on purpose, much less wish to blow them to kingdom come. [/font]
August 6, 2008
Walter M.

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Sporadically effective but ultimately unsatisfying portrait of a suicide bomber.
May 29, 2007

Super Reviewer

very dry and realistic, down to every last detail, but ultimately goes nowhere
April 30, 2010
alan jay

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Intriguing story plot. An interesting performance by Luisa Williams. Worth seeing!
December 31, 2009
Leo L

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