4:44 Last Day on Earth - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

4:44 Last Day on Earth Reviews

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Mike Scott
April 27, 2012
An exercise in emotional tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
August 20, 2012
Too many things were left unexplained about the end of the world. Why not a greater sense of panic? How was the internet still up and running so smoothly? I'm just one of those guys who wants everything to fit into place by the end. It didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 22, 2012
Dafoe, with his angular, ever-watchable Edvard Munch features, plays well off the impish Leigh, but sadly, they have little to do besides a "Last Tango at Armageddon" riff, albeit with a genuinely moving finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
April 6, 2012
Uncompromising in its hallucinatory qualities and densely symbolic, 4:44 is a difficult sit, better appreciated for its appealing thespian swings than any of its intended meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 23, 2012
A dreary and unappealing film about a couple of messed-up New Yorkers and what they choose to do just before the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2012
Ferrara's thin idea for a movie - life goes on, even when it's about to stop - would have been a lot better had he given his characters more to do.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 22, 2012
Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Lovell
March 27, 2012
... the last thing we'd expect from the aging enfant terrible behind Bad Lieutenant and King of New York ... comes off as a somber testimonial/warning commissioned by a think tank overseen by Al Gore ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 4, 2013
4:44: Last Day on Earth quickly devolves into an absolutely endless piece of work that's rife with laughably avant-garde elements and underdeveloped, one-dimensional characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 20, 2012
The film lacks any serious attempt to grapple with mortality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
Though it gains traction toward the end, viewers may finally feel puzzled or indifferent. You expect a bit more from the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2012
It's only natural that Abel Ferrara's vision of the end of the world should take corporeal form as a quasi-autobiographical hangout movie.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 19, 2012
This is pretty standard not-with-a-bang-but-with-a-whimper-punctuated-by-an-occasional-blowup stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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March 23, 2012
Rehashing old arguments in the hours before certain death is a tedious waste of time - theirs, and ours.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
March 22, 2012
The mechanics of the pending cataclysm don't interest Ferrera so much as the emotional stakes: How do people act when there's no future left?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
It's both chamber drama and experimental found-footage film, relying heavily on appropriated media to provide context and subtext to its disaster fiction.
Cole Smithey
March 20, 2012
[VIDEO] Abel Ferrara peaked a long time ago, but his unique cinematic take on Manhattan is always a welcome distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 23, 2012
I can't say it's my favorite Ferrara, and it's extremely downbeat, but it's also amazingly effective for such a low-budget, maverick effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 5, 2012
Intermittently captures the sense of human desperation it strives for, as if to say the best we can hope for is to crawl past the finish line.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 22, 2012
Your last day - or, as it happens, the whole planet's last day - will be just like every other one. Mr. Ferrara makes this point with ingenuity and characteristic thrift by using found news footage to provide images of apocalypse.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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