The Day After Tomorrow (2004)



Critic Consensus: A ludicrous popcorn flick filled with clunky dialogues, but spectacular visuals save it from being a total disaster.

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What if we are on the brink of a new Ice Age? This is the question that haunts climatologic Jack Hall. Hall's research indicates that global warming could trigger an abrupt and catastrophic shift in the planet's climate. While Jack warns the White House of the impending climate shift, his 17 year-old son Sam finds himself trapped in New York City where he and some friends have been competing in a high school academic competition. He must now cope with the severe flooding and plummeting temperatures in Manhattan. Having taken refuge inside the Manhattan Public Library, Sam manages to reach his father by phone. Jack only has time for one warning: stay inside at all costs. As full-scale, massive evacuations to the south begin, Jack heads north to New York City to save Sam. But not even Jack is prepared for what is about to happen--to him, to his son, and to his planet.
PG-13 (for intense situations of peril)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Ian Holm
as Prof. Terry Rapson
Jake Gyllenhaal
as Sam Hall
Glenn Plummer
as Luther
Dennis Quaid
as Jack Hall
Emmy Rossum
as Laura Chapman
John Moore
as New York Reporter
Matt Adler
as Truck Radio Announcer
Tamlyn Tomita
as Janet Tokada
Sela Ward
as Dr. Lucy Hall
Dash Mihok
as Jason Evans
Jennifer Morehouse
as French Reporter
Vlasta Vrana
as Booker
Jay O Sanders
as Frank Harris
Kenneth Welsh
as Vice President Becker
Anne Day-Jones
as Jeanette
Perry King
as Pres. Blake
Amy Sloan
as Elsa
Joe Cobden
as Zack
Mimi Kuzyk
as Secretary of State
Chuck Shamata
as Gen. Pierce
Karen Glave
as Maria
Jack Laufer
as Jeff Baffin
Gordon Masten
as New York Bus Driver
J.P. Manoux
as L.A. Cameraman
Mark Thompson
as News Reporter
Frank Schorpion
as DC Fireman
Richard Zeman
as Flight Director
Alan Fawcett
as Hurricane Hunter Cdr. Daniels
Carl Alacchi
as Venezuelan Delegate
Phillip Jarrett
as Campbell
Aaron Lustig
as Bernie
John Maclaren
as Veteran Scientist Hurricane Hunter
Ross King
as British Reporter
Frank Fontaine
as Caddy `Cooper'
Matt Holland
as RAF Pilot No. 1
Pierre Yves Leblanc
as International Reporter, New Delhi
Sasha Roiz
as Parker
Tim Bagley
as Tommy
Al Vandecruys
as Scolastic Decathlon Referee
Michael McNally
as Buckingham Palace Reporter
Russell Yuen
as Hideki, Japanese Astronaut
Joel McNichol
as RAF Pilot No. 3
Terry Rhoads
as L.A. Anchorman
Arjay Smith
as Brian Parks
Greg Kramer
as RAF Pilot No. 2
Jose Ramon Rosario
as `Crazy Weather' Cabbie
Lina Patel
as Misc. Newscaster No. 2
Lisa Canning
as L.A. Anchorwoman
Lori Graham
as Grocery Store Reporter
Nobuya Shimamoto
as Japanese Policeman
Vitali Makarov
as Yuri, Russian Astronaut
Tom Rooney
as Jeremy
Lauren Sanchez
as International Newscaster
Pierre Lenoir
as J.D.'s Doorman
Sylvain Landry
as Science Officer
Ana García
as Headline Reporter
David Schaap
as Financial Reporter
Kenneth Walsh
as Vice President Becker
Suzanne Michaels
as Reporter No. 2
John C. Colton
as Fox Newscaster No. 1
Howard Bilerman
as Rookie Scientist Hurricane Hunter
Jesse Todd
as Scientist in Hallway
Leyna Nguyen
as Misc. Newscaster No. 1
Kwasi Songui
as Statue of Liberty Guard
William Francis McGuire
as Bart, Chopper Reporter
Ron Darling
as Hawaiian News Anchor
Dilva Henry
as Fox Newscaster No. 2
Ray Legare
as Construction Man
Rachelle Glait
as Pinehurst Academy Teacher
Vivian Winther
as Noel, Frozen Woman
Nassim Shahara
as Saudi Delegate
Michael A. Samah
as Saudi Translator
Don Kirk
as Victor, J.D.'s Driver
Nicolas Feller
as Shop Owner's Grandson
Bunrey Miyake
as Japanese Shop Owner
Sam Woods
as Mr. Weldon
Jesus Perez
as Mexican Janitor
Lynne Debel
as Old Frozen Woman
Mikio Owaki
as Noodle Chef
Alvin Tam
as Japanese Reporter
Joey Elias
as Library Security Guard
Wendy L. Walsh
as Weather Channel Newscaster No. 1
Mark Pfister
as Weather Channel Newscaster No. 2
Rob Fukuzaki
as National Newscaster
Robert Holguin
as Reporter No. 1
Rosey Edeh
as New York Reporter
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All Critics (213) | Top Critics (44)

Many of the clichés in this movie predate the last Ice Age.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A shambles of dud writing and dramatic inconsequence which left me determined to double my consumption of fossil fuels.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

... the situations are just so ludicrous that it really detracts from the quality of the special effects ...

June 7, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

An exceptionally stupid movie.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For all of its dire premonitions, foreshadowings of horror and easy targets for Jay Leno jokes, The Day After Tomorrow is eye-poppingly awesome and wonderfully entertaining.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

It fulfills its summer air-conditioning duties with flippant ease, and its enjoyably cloddish attempts at political relevance add a fascinating layer of incongruity.

June 1, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Day After Tomorrow


Nice special effect but not really a good story or good acting.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Roland Emmerich continues to captivate with his apocalyptic-ideals. Now with this film he is able to express his vision with more visual highlights than before. From a torn-Hollywood sign to New York City in a ice-bounded trap, the film's effects really do make up for it's dull story. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


roland emmerich loves destroying the world. there's literally a scene where they're running away from the freezing point of temperature. uh huh...

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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