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Daybreakers Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 6, 2010
Daybreakers reminds us that from Twilight to Underworld, True Blood to The Vampire Diaries, this is one genre where supply has utterly overwhelmed demand.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 7, 2010
The Spierigs' dusky noir has plenty of style, but the movie never develops beyond its intriguing setting, and the wildly uneven performances do nothing to draw you in.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2010
Somewhat enlivened by perfunctory professional performances by Ethan Hawke (as a guilt-ridden vampire looking for a cure for blood dependency) and Willem Dafoe (as Elvis, a crossbow-toting member of the human remnant).
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 7, 2010
This intriguing premise, alas, ends as so many movies do these days, with fierce fights and bloodshed. Inevitably, the future of the planet will be settled among the handful of characters we've met, and a lot of extras with machineguns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 7, 2010
Daybreakers finally comes up with some comments on the predatory practices of Big Pharma, but that's an awful comedown from the blood-rushing brilliance of the early scenes.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
January 8, 2010
It's big and brash, but were it not for Weta's visionary special effects work, there would be little to keep the blood pumping.
Clay Cane
January 8, 2010
Despite a few jumps in your seat and some hilarious explosions of body parts, I've seen better special effects in a Nintendo DS video game and stronger plot lines on the back of a Count Chocula cereal box.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
April 14, 2010
Despite this fascinating premise and the careful construction of ingeniously retrofitted world, Daybreakers fails to dazzle.
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
January 31, 2010
The special effects look cheap; and while the premise, with its "we're drinking the blood of the earth!" subtext is interesting, the characters just aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 5, 2010
The Spierigs' latest doesn't do much to carve out a unique identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Vaux
January 8, 2010
Too many logic holes and an uneven center doom what could have been a highlight of the recent vampire craze.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Thomas Leupp
January 7, 2010
This dystopian horror-thriller aspires to be a vampiric 'Children of Men', but it bears more similarity to a late-night Skinemax flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 8, 2010
Despite the Spierig brothers' punchy visual style and satiric tone, Daybreakers eventually devolves, though Dafoe and his Southern drawl goose things up and Hawke has a greasy romanticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
May 2, 2010
Humans and parched vampires engage in endless skirmishes of hide and seek, while corporate meanies go about concocting efficient farming and drainage systems of homo sapiens in profiteering captivity.
Rob Gonsalves
January 21, 2010
A dreary-looking and sluggish narrative that doesn't go anywhere special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 8, 2010
It is a happy alternative to the tepid appeal of pre-teen vamps and werewolves. But why make a vampire movie lacking the allure of the enticing fiends?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 5, 2010
Wearisome "Ain't it cool?" video-game splatter-violence is all that's memorable of the action, while a (mixed) metaphorical subtext of conservationism can't save a text that squanders its actors.
Jen Yamato
January 12, 2010
Makes little sense, but earns points for the operatic, slow-motion vampire equivalent of the Barf-a-Rama scene from Stand By Me.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
January 8, 2010
Iffy plotting, squiffy dialogue and directorial indecision - is this po-faced science fiction or hokey horror? - leave the film, like its protagonist, torn between two extremes.
| Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
January 8, 2010
The movie falls apart as if someone in the production screamed out, "Stop! We forgot to blow stuff up! Get the blood!"
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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