A Perfect Day Reviews

June 15, 2016
[de Aranoa is] a director at home with the small things that can make a film great -- interested in what keeps people together when everything around them is being blown apart. It's a wonderful gift.
June 9, 2016
What the film does well is to immerse us in the tragic weirdness of wartime logic, where nothing works as we would expect. It's a strong, engaging film about how hard it is to wage peace.
February 26, 2016
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.
February 25, 2016
A Perfect Day is a war story told on a small scale. It's all the more powerful for its subtlety.
February 4, 2016
This is one of those rare, thoughtful war movies that doesn't emphasize brutality.
January 21, 2016
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.
January 18, 2016
The film may be scattershot and odd, but it needs to be odder still.
January 15, 2016
Del Toro's low-key resignation gives the film what power it has, but the female characters (played by Mlanie Thierry and Olga Kurylenko) are disappointingly thin.
January 15, 2016
They say that war is hell. War relief doesn't look like any kind of picnic either ...
January 14, 2016
It suffers from a marked lack of narrative energy and a regrettable surfeit of clichd characterization.
January 14, 2016
There's not much of a story, which wouldn't be bad if there was something other than blasts of music filling the longueurs.
January 14, 2016
Extremely witty and light on its feet, yet it manages to be thoughtful, even philosophical, in an absurdist way, about the roots of human conflict.
January 14, 2016
A wry salute to the world's hard-drinking, eye-rolling aid workers, men and women whose high ideals get crushed by global bureaucracy and local recalcitrance.
January 14, 2016
On a moment-to-moment basis, A Perfect Day is reasonably engaging, mostly because of its novel milieu ...
January 13, 2016
There have been plenty of grim movies about the Balkan conflict, including Angelina Jolie's wrenching "In the Land of Blood and Honey." But Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa's take is touched with dark humor.
October 22, 2015
The low-stakes shaggy-dog plot allows for a variety of vignettes that reveal how the civil conflict eroded people's humanity, but the movie's orthodox antiwar sentiment carries the story only so far.
May 25, 2015
While it's uneven, A Perfect Day builds to a nice melancholy conclusion.
May 25, 2015
Inconsistency is A Perfect Day's biggest problem. The script is scalpel sharp in some places, flabby as the well-blocker in others.