• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bryan Gunnar Cole
    In Theaters:
    Apr 29, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 26, 2008
  • First Look Studios


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Day Zero Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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 | Original Score: 3/4

July 22, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 5, 2008
Norm Schrager

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 25, 2008
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 24, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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For a hot-button issue movie with a lot of potential for character development, it's slower than Christmas and disappointingly sluggish.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 23, 2008
Katey Rich
Film Journal International

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 Source: Film Journal International

January 22, 2008
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today

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

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 1/4

January 18, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

January 18, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 18, 2008
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Truth to be told, it's hard to care.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 18, 2008
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

January 17, 2008
John Anderson
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There's very little that rings true.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

January 16, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
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Sabotaged by trite political dissertation and the presumption of novelty, the story forces Klein to shoulder much of the film's white-male-hetero paranoia.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 15, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

January 15, 2008
Harvey S. Karten

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

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C

January 8, 2008
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

January 7, 2008
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: D-

January 7, 2008
Lexi Feinberg

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 Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2007
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