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The Day After Tomorrow Reviews

August 7, 2004
Many of the clichés in this movie predate the last Ice Age.
August 1, 2004
A shambles of dud writing and dramatic inconsequence which left me determined to double my consumption of fossil fuels.
June 7, 2004
... the situations are just so ludicrous that it really detracts from the quality of the special effects ...
June 4, 2004
An exceptionally stupid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 3, 2004
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.
June 1, 2004
It fulfills its summer air-conditioning duties with flippant ease, and its enjoyably cloddish attempts at political relevance add a fascinating layer of incongruity.
May 29, 2004
A big, dumb movie, another Hollywood entertainment that, instead of tweaking and teasing our brains for fun, leaves us feeling thick and stupid.
May 28, 2004
It's the Weather Channel on steroids.
May 28, 2004
The Day After Tomorrow isn't just bad, it's Godzilla bad, on a par with Emmerich's previous cinematic low point.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 28, 2004
It's just so very bad.
May 28, 2004
The Day After Tomorrow is less about serious issues and more about big-money special effects and shameless sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 28, 2004
The Day After Tomorrow isn't satisfying in every way, but in the ways that really matter, it's one superior disaster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
The only truly scary thing about this doomsday popcorn flick is the momumental ineptitude of the acting, writing and directing.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 28, 2004
Global warming is no joke, but this is pretty silly stuff. Still, the special effects are impressive and some of the ironies are amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 28, 2004
Crammed full of disaster-movie cliches and cardboard characters.
May 28, 2004
The jaw-dropping special effects in the weather-gone- wild doomsday film The Day After Tomorrow sweep all else away -- including quibbles about bland characterization and dead-in-the-water dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 28, 2004
The film shows us that an angry Mother Nature can be every bit as exciting as space invaders and giant fire-breathing lizards.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 28, 2004
Doesn't really have any interesting characters to live through those disasters and its central storyline makes little sense.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 28, 2004
Nothing about The Day After Tomorrow really engages us except for the computer effects, which are certainly impressive enough, in a Powerpoint-presentation sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
A disaster movie that cautions against global warming but delivers its real enjoyment in scenes of mass destruction.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 28, 2004
It turns out the real question director Roland Emmerich's movie raises isn't about how much this film's pseudo-science teases us, but how much bad drama it's willing to blow our way.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
The special effects are on such an awesome scale that the movie works despite its cornball plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2004
For all its doomsaying, the movie fails to scare you into being a better citizen of the earth or even a riveted moviegoer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
You can finally say this about the notion that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it: Well, Roland Emmerich has done something about it. Something stupid, but still ... something.
May 28, 2004
I'm not saying that a date with this picture is all pleasure; but it's not all guilt either. My guess is that, waking up the morning after The Day After Tomorrow, you won't have much trouble forgiving yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 27, 2004
After the destruction, the drama flails with an hour still to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2004
The film weakly trades reliable popcorn action for a story about blossoming young love, puzzling fatherly heroics and overwrought messages on the dangers of global warming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2004
[Roland Emmerich] again wipes out enormous swaths of humanity and real estate, but this time the overall tone is funereal, sober.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2004
You'll be swept away by sights that you'll never be able to see on The Weather Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 27, 2004
Director Roland Emmerich wows us with end-of-the-world special effects while doling out the usual schmaltzy plot and cornball dialogue.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 27, 2004
[Emmerich] crams the film with enough digital wizardry to make you wish he had jettisoned the script altogether and simply paraded the visual effects with chapter titles such as Snow Over New Delhi and The Hollywood Sign Gets Totaled.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2004
The film exists primarily to stir the senses, and on that score it is an overwhelming achievement.
May 27, 2004
The first half delivers enough of what people want and expect from disaster pictures, and there are enough money-shot special effects, that auds probably will be more satisfied than not.
May 27, 2004
A summer snow job that produces the season's first perfect storm of pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 27, 2004
Teems with illogical action, improbable coincidences.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 27, 2004
The picture is most entertaining when it acknowledges the swaggering cheesiness of [the melodramatic calamity freak-outs of the early 1970's].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 27, 2004
The second half ... is comically bad moviemaking.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2004
A classic, big-budget studio movie about widespread, dramatic, hand-of-God destruction and the few hardy characters who, to our satisfaction, improbably survive is no place for serious hectoring about the Antarctic ice shelf.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 27, 2004
I know disaster flicks rarely make a whole lot of sense, but this film seems to go out of its way to be stupid.
May 27, 2004
This often entertaining movie mixes grand, epic effects and amazing visualizations of catastrophe with a sappy family-in-crisis plot that would look hackneyed in a '60s Disney TV movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 27, 2004
The sun'll come out in The Day After Tomorrow, but first you have to slog through almost two hours of bad plot and wooden characters, intermittently punctuated by some spectacular depictions of bad-weather catastrophes.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 27, 2004
Despite the clunky bits, Tomorrow still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.
May 27, 2004
Emmerich's point with The Day After Tomorrow isn't to play politics or make speeches, but to entertain. And, in the cataclysmic way he has become known for, he does so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2004
This highly entertaining spin on eco-catastrophe could turn the most meteorologically challenged among us into Weather Channel freaks.