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Daylight (2011)

tomatometer

100

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Movie Info

On their way to a wedding, Danny and Irene pick up a hitchhiker - throwing the film in the direction of the conventional rural kidnapper thriller. But with the skill of director David Barker and his miraculous cast and crew, Daylight emerges as much, much more than just another exploitation picture. Kidnappers Renny, Leo, and Murphy enact a bizarre and terrifying ritual of politeness, endowing such scenes as the passing of a bread knife at a kitchen table with a threat of ferocious violence -

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

David Barker, Michael Godere

Apr 24, 2012

$3.9k

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

Replete with superior acting and visual splendor, the film is a fine instance of the overly familiar made fresh.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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An unusually delicate psychological thriller that favors suggestion over exposition.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Barker leaves the histrionics to other thrill-makers, opting for the excruciating slow boil.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Thanks largely to the exceptional actors, particularly Martin and Meierhans, Barker sporadically infuses fresh life into stale cliches, and even makes a few of them truly compelling all over again.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Punctuating views of the bucolic countryside and sky attest to nature or God's indifference to human suffering, but such formalist touches don't overwhelm the responsive ensemble work in this resourceful, taboo-prodding sickie.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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An icy and humorless -- but entirely suspenseful -- film that works mostly because of its unpredictability.

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Daylight is a caper full of lechery and unforced twists with strong characters and no pretense.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A slow burn of a thriller that ultimately packs a far greater wallop than many flashier examples of the genre

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Barker's screenplay demonstrates a conviction that its genre can command great importance, allowing it to transcend the easy shocks associated with the exploitation movie experience and create an entirely fresh rhythm.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Perpetually torn between its philosophical ambitions and horror-film roots, Daylight suffers from a debilitating identity crisis.

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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