Daylight Reviews

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
October 21, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 12, 2011

An icy and humorless -- but entirely suspenseful -- film that works mostly because of its unpredictability.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
July 22, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
July 18, 2011

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

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
July 14, 2011

An unusually delicate psychological thriller that favors suggestion over exposition.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 14, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
July 14, 2011

Barker leaves the histrionics to other thrill-makers, opting for the excruciating slow boil.

Joe Leydon
Variety
Top Critic
July 14, 2011

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.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
July 12, 2011

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.

Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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