Day Zero Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 5, 2008
...an engaging little drama that benefits from the stellar performances of its various actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com
February 25, 2008
no one will mistake this earnest try for Medium Cool. Maybe just Smallish Cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 24, 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.
Lexi Feinberg
CinemaBlend.com
May 19, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 23, 2008
For a hot-button issue movie with a lot of potential for character development, it's slower than Christmas and disappointingly sluggish.
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
January 22, 2008
Presents characters as concepts rather than actual people, and deals much more with the theoretical consequences of war rather than the actual human toll.
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
January 18, 2008
A film that revels in defeatism and hyperbolized dystopia; a would-be political statement that is more insipid than insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 18, 2008
The film's relentless focus on the personal shortchanges the larger issues and ultimately reduces Fellner, Rifkin and Dixon to sociopolitical stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 18, 2008
Proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 18, 2008
Truth to be told, it's hard to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
January 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: C
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 17, 2008
There's very little that rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 16, 2008
A flat and poorly written drama about three buddies who are drafted and have 30 days to report.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
January 15, 2008
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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 15, 2008
Proves that Hollywood doesn't have a monopoly on ponderous, ersatz-thoughtful war dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 8, 2008
An implausible story centering on three characters whose differences in social class and temperament make the proceedings less than involving.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 7, 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 | Original Score: C
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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