Life in a Day Reviews

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New York Times
November 5, 2011
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 2, 2011
Almost inevitably, a film made from these snippets is less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
This pointillistic view of everyday people never quite gels as a movie, but it has its point-and-click moments.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 5, 2011
What I took away were some individual moments from people whose lives I wish had played out more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 4, 2011
Give Macdonald and crew credit for picking out good, clear, telling contrasts, and not sweating potential heavy-handedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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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-
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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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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
July 26, 2011
The resulting object is less about the world than about itself, and feels like a hey-that's-neat 90-minute troll through the video-sharing website.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 15, 2011
'Life in a Day' has an intoxicating and sometimes even overwhelming rhythm and power, helped no end by Matthew Herbert's inventive score.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
This amazing compilation of videos all shot the same day around the globe is one for the ages.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 26, 2011
The most important player in the project is editor Joe Walker, who has melded more than 4,500 hours of footage into a surprisingly coherent whole.