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Day Zero (2007)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 3,057



Movie Info

Dixon, Rifkin and Feller grew up together in New York. Living very different lives in the same city, their childhood friendship still binds them. Rifkin is a married lawyer whose career is on the rise. He's just made partner and is looking for any loop hole to get out of serving. Now "just isn't a good time" for him. Feller is working on his second novel. The first was a smash success, but his draft notice paralyzes him, causing severe writer's block. Instead he draws up his list of "Top 10 … More

R (for language, sexual content, some violence and drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
Rob Malkani
In Theaters:
Feb 26, 2008
First Look Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Day Zero

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (16) | DVD (1)

For a hot-button issue movie with a lot of potential for character development, it's slower than Christmas and disappointingly sluggish.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

Proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Truth to be told, it's hard to care.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

If the abysmal reception so far for films about the war in Iraq is any indication, Day Zero is the last thing movie audiences will want to consume.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

As the pals, Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, and especially Chris Klein mope around noncommittally, as if it were an upcoming trip to the in-laws' they were dreading -- not a potentially one-way ticket to a war zone.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

There's very little that rings true.

Full Review… | January 17, 2008
Top Critic

It's not a groundbreaking film, but I liked the gritty feel of it. It's a small, little movie that manages to be thought provoking enough for me to recommend it.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine engaging little drama that benefits from the stellar performances of its various actors.

Full Review… | March 5, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

no one will mistake this earnest try for Medium Cool. Maybe just Smallish Cool.

Full Review… | February 25, 2008

Through portraits of these three men, [director] Cole uses the possibility to explore themes of loyalty and duty, masculinity, class conflicts and a youth culture gone soft and spoiled, at times slipping into political rhetoric.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Presents characters as concepts rather than actual people, and deals much more with the theoretical consequences of war rather than the actual human toll.

Full Review… | January 22, 2008
Film Journal International

A film that revels in defeatism and hyperbolized dystopia; a would-be political statement that is more insipid than insightful.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Christianity Today

The film's relentless focus on the personal shortchanges the larger issues and ultimately reduces Fellner, Rifkin and Dixon to sociopolitical stereotypes.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A flat and poorly written drama about three buddies who are drafted and have 30 days to report.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
Spirituality and Practice

Proves that Hollywood doesn't have a monopoly on ponderous, ersatz-thoughtful war dramas.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Slant Magazine

An implausible story centering on three characters whose differences in social class and temperament make the proceedings less than involving.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008

The semi-plausible Day Zero, a rather formulaic male buddy saga, asks hypothetical questions about the impact of a reinstated draft on three vastly different amigos, well played by Klein, Wood, and particularly Bernthal.

Full Review… | January 7, 2008

It's purely amateur hour here; a laughably produced elegy for the common man facing war time blues, placing substantial dramatic weight on the shoulders of one of Hollywood's larger professional question marks, Chris Klein. Ouch.

Full Review… | January 7, 2008

This is not a watered-down take on what would happen if the men we know got drafted--it aims for the jugular. And hits it, hard.

Full Review… | May 19, 2007

Audience Reviews for Day Zero


This movie was really, really good, in my opinion. I was enthralled for the entire 2 hrs. I was amazed at how it all ended, also. Nice twist. This movie was well done, and well acted. An absolute gem, in my book.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


This movie didn't impress me much, about the US Government starting the draft after 9-11 and gulf war. 3 Buddies get there draft notice and we travel thru time as the Days count down. We have the rich one, the cool guy, and the loser. Shows things they go through in the 30 day count down. Charlene Biton is a babe. It was pretty dry. Not sure how it got on my to see list. 2 1/2 stars, wouldn't watch it again, and it would have to be a rental.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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