The Cold Light of Day - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cold Light of Day Reviews

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Top Critic
Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2012
Apes The Bourne Identity so slavishly yet so boringly it winds up with no identity at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 7, 2012
This isn't great cinema, or even a movie you'll remember four hours later, but as stupid thrill rides go, it's smart enough to show you a good time.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 7, 2012
Simply put, "Day" is a mess Cavill never rises above.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 7, 2012
If there's anything positive to glean from Cold Light, it would have to be its use as an educational tool, teaching young film students how not to make a mid-budget action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 6, 2012
It exists basically as a long showreel for Superman-to-be Henry Cavill, who gets to demonstrate a mastery of run-with-a-gun acting and flex his leading man charisma without really breaking a sweat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2012
Relates more or less the same story as Spy Kids, though in this case the kid is in his late 20s and the spy stuff is much less believable or robust.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 3, 2012
Brought to you by the Madrid Film Tax Credit Production Office and the Society for the Promotion of Henry Cavill as the Next Big Thing!
April 19, 2012
Bruce Willis was once our favourite wisecracking action hero. Now his movie career seems to be heading from Planet Hollywood to the dark side of Moonlighting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
April 13, 2012
An occasionally involving, always brusque chase movie that doubles as a whirlwind tour of Madrid.

Liverpool Echo
April 13, 2012
A pedestrian spy thriller that casts itself in the mould of The Bourne Identity but falls pitifully short on every count.
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 12, 2012
[A] workmanlike slice of sub-Bourne hijinks...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Niki Boyle
The List
April 12, 2012
From the outset, The Cold Light of Day purports to be nothing more than a by-the-numbers action thriller. What's shocking is how it manages to take this predictable-but-sturdy template and sell it short.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 11, 2012
There's the usual mixture of flying tables and chairs and various scrapes here and there while unknown director Mabrouk El Mechri tries to remember what he was supposed to be doing with the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
April 10, 2012
It all boils down to a series of riotously extended showdowns between Cavill and Weaver...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 7, 2012
The one thing that's consistently fun to watch here is Weaver, whose prominent if surely rent-inspired role as a ruthless Terminator in pantsuits generates plenty of accidentally funny stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 6, 2012
The only thing shabbier than the dull, near-incomprehensible night-time cinematography is the shopworn script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 6, 2012
The wait for the definitive Henry Cavill calling card movie continues.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4

Austin Chronicle
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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AV Club
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: D
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