Life in a Day Reviews

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 3, 2011
A slick mishmash of exotica, minutia, and airbrushed platitudes (a lot of babies are born, but how can that be if no one has sex?) that tries to sum up the lives of everybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
August 2, 2011
Small parts dazzle but the film succeeds more in theory than practice. It's a fabulous concept, but overall less than the sum of its parts, largely because it slips back and forth between different modes of storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 31, 2011
It's a remarkable achievement, creating something that is meaningful, sad, and often funny from the home movies of thousands of people around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 29, 2011
It's all familiar, for the most part, and it's all mildly interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2011
It strives awfully hard for depth but, more often than not, comes off too shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
July 29, 2011
As an attempt to reflect The Way We Live Now, it falls short in a few key ways.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 29, 2011
There are dull spots, as with any other day, yet "Life" aims to be, and occasionally is, like a YouTube-y "Our Town," giving a sense of what it is to be alive on planet Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 29, 2011
Despite having no conventional narrative, other than the sleeping, waking, rising, bathing, eating and living cycles of ordinary people across the globe, "Life in a Day" is, without exaggeration, a profound achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 29, 2011
Some of the material is banal, especially upon a second viewing. Some of it undoubtedly represents great acting by canny contributors. But the vast majority of the film feels undeniably real and incredibly inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 29, 2011
Judging by the National Geographic doc "Life in a Day," a lot of nothing happened on July 24, 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
July 28, 2011
"Life in a Day" is "Koyaanisqatsi" minus the consistent visual imagination that made that film bearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 28, 2011
a hell of an experiment
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2011
"Life in a Day" is at once ambitious in its global reach and modest in its simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 28, 2011
Kevin Macdonald's documentary imposes a semblance of unity on a planet of unfathomable diversity.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2011
Carved out of cyber-reality and global in reach, this fast-paced documentary is shaped as much by Internet savvy as traditional filmmaking, which doesn't make the experience of it any less satisfying, or the implications any less provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 28, 2011
What could have been a gimmick turns out to be philosophical and heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 28, 2011
If nothing else, Life In A Day serves as a fine time capsule, recording some of what life was like on Earth in 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 27, 2011
...a pretty experiment with no apparent results.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 27, 2011
"Life in a Day" is so intimate and ultimately optimistic, it'll leave you with the inescapable feeling that you've just made hundreds of new friends you've never actually met.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
July 27, 2011
So freshly edited, the clips so free of the usual YouTube Stupid Human Tricks coyness, that it's easy to get addicted to its clear-eyed celebration of the rituals and dislocating comedy of life in the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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