Opening

97% Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 01
—— Get On Up Aug 01
91% Calvary Aug 01
—— Behaving Badly Aug 01
47% Child Of God Aug 01

Top Box Office

58% Lucy $43.9M
61% Hercules $29.8M
91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $16.8M
57% The Purge: Anarchy $10.5M
42% Planes: Fire And Rescue $9.5M
18% Sex Tape $6.1M
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $4.7M
16% And So It Goes $4.6M
23% Tammy $3.5M
90% A Most Wanted Man $2.7M

Coming Soon

—— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aug 08
—— Step Up: All In Aug 08
—— Into The Storm Aug 08
—— The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 08
86% What If Aug 08

New Episodes Tonight

73% Chasing Life: Season 1
—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Perception: Season 3
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 6
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
57% Tyrant: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— The Fosters: Season 2
—— Hit the Floor: Season 2
—— Longmire: Season 3
—— Major Crimes: Season 3
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
—— Switched at Birth: Season 3
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

85% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1
92% Manhattan: Season 1
100% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2
97% Orphan Black: Season 2
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Day Zero (2007)

tomatometer

0

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

No consensus yet.

audience

45

liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 3,055

My Rating

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

R,

Drama

Rob Malkani

Feb 26, 2008

First Look Studios - Official Site External Icon

Watch It Now

Cast

Latest News on Day Zero

January 17, 2008:
Critics' Consensus: Cloverfield is Monstrously Fun, 27 Dresses Fails to Impress, Mad Money Not Worth Much
This week at the movies, we've got monster mayhem (Cloverfield, starring Michael Stahl-David),...

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

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.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
Top Critic IconTop 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.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop 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.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

There's very little that rings true.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
Top Critic IconTop 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.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

...an engaging little drama that benefits from the stellar performances of its various actors.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

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

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

January 16, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

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

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

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.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

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.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

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.
October 14, 2010
itsjustme2004

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.
October 6, 2009
bbcfloridabound
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Day Zero on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Cosplay Gallery
Cosplay Gallery

See over 350 Comic-Con Costumes!

The Hobbit
The Hobbit

See the final movie's trailer

Weekly Ketchup
Weekly Ketchup

Read the Comic-Con revelations

RT on DVD
RT on DVD

Noah, The Other Woman and more

Mad Max
Mad Max

See full trailer for Fury Road

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile