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A Perfect Day (2016)



Critic Consensus: Aid workers get their due in A Perfect Day, which is just different and well-acted enough to overcome its logy pace and narrative clichés.

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It's just another day on the job for a band of badass war zone rescue workers as they defy death and confront war's absurdities. The setting is 1995, "somewhere in the Balkans." Over the course of 24 breathless hours, Mambrú (Benicio del Toro), leads his team of humanitarians-including hard-bitten, wisecracking veteran B (Tim Robbins) and new recruit Sophie (Melanie Thierry)-as they deal with a most unexpected crisis, layers of bureaucratic red tape, and the reappearance of Mambrú's old flame (Olga Kurylenko). Through it all, the group handles the less-than-glamorous realities of life in a combat zone the only way they know how: with selfless bravery and a healthy dose of irreverent humor.

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Frank Feys
as UN Official
Morten Suurballe
as UN official at the briefing
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Critic Reviews for A Perfect Day

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15)

A taut, darkly comic drama about the dilemmas of international intervention in civil war, all of it neatly symbolized by one elusive length of rope. It is also, sadly, a film much marred by its sexism.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
Globe and Mail
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A Perfect Day is a war story told on a small scale. It's all the more powerful for its subtlety.

Full Review… | February 25, 2016
Toronto Sun
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This is one of those rare, thoughtful war movies that doesn't emphasize brutality.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
Seattle Times
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With an eclectic soundtrack, well-timed editing and crisp cinematography - and of course that terrific cast led by the great Del Toro - A Perfect Day is a rough-edged gem.

Full Review… | January 21, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film may be scattershot and odd, but it needs to be odder still.

Full Review… | January 18, 2016
New Yorker
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Del Toro's low-key resignation gives the film what power it has, but the female characters (played by Mélanie Thierry and Olga Kurylenko) are disappointingly thin.

Full Review… | January 15, 2016
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for A Perfect Day


A taut, darkly comic drama about the dilemmas of international intervention in civil war, all of it neatly symbolized by one elusive length of rope.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

An odd film without much of a story. The B-story romance is scattershot and incomplete. If the only thing the film wishes to show is frustration and randomness, it succeeds. The soundtrack was inappropriate and intrusive. Robbins and BDT are fine actors, but don't have much to work with. Wait for cable and don't expect to be thrilled with it.

Mike Bierman
Mike Bierman

A day in the life of aid workers might sound crappy, but it is an enjoyable movie...the cast makes it though.

Troy Kleasner
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