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Daybreakers Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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May 6, 2011
Daybreakers is the pinnacle of fun, modern sci-fi horror actioners.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 10, 2010
Interested in societal collapse - that is, when it's not more interested in the super cool way these vampires explode when stabbed
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 8, 2010
Hawke gives his all here -- or maybe just half his all -- and it isn't quite enough: He's trying to be soulful, but he really just looks a little tired. The real delight is Willem Dafoe.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 8, 2010
For the lowbrow, the thrill is a level of fleshy explosiveness reminiscent of David Cronenberg's Scanners. No one dies quietly; he must either detonate like Hiroshima or burst into juicy red chunks of viscera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 8, 2010
Daybreakers is more fun than foreboding; it's fright-lite, yet that's par for the bloody course in these busy apocalyptic days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 8, 2010
The narrative may flag, but the doomsday atmosphere and George Liddle‚(TM)s production design remain vivid until the final, blood-splattered reel.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 8, 2010
Writer-directors Michael and Peter Spierig equip this unpretentious, low-budget, high-functioning shocker with some sharp satirical teeth, and Dafoe has a ball behind his Manson goatee.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 8, 2010
An ambitious premise about a future world ruled by corporate vampires is explored with some intelligence, sly humour and blood-splattering brio by the Spierig brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 8, 2010
Even though I'm pretty much vampired out these days, I appreciated the grossout thrills and the B-movie dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 8, 2010
In the end, Daybreakers doesn't really want to make anyone think too hard. If that were to happen, they might stop to wonder why all the human survivors out there hiding in fear of their lives don't just become garlic farmers and call it a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 8, 2010
Daybreakers has substance and smarts, plus lots of visual treats for the fanboys -- a mix to keep everybody happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 7, 2010
Highbrows will condescend to this movie like nobody's business. But there are a few of us left out there -- junkies for smart exploitation -- who will relish this stuff. You know who you are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2010
The average human body holds approximately 1.5 gallons of blood. Unless you're someone in the film Daybreakers. Then you're carrying closer to 47 gallons, 46 of which will end up splattered on a wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Michael OrdoŮa
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2010
It can't be a good sign for a vampire movie when its most memorable trait is how desperate Chrysler's product placement appears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 7, 2010
It's undeniable fun to behold the likes of serious thespians Hawke and Dafoe slumming around in this cheeseball stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 7, 2010
Just when you think popular culture has exhausted all the metaphorical and allegorical possibilities, the film unifies all the usual tropes (bloodlust, heliophobia, fangs) into a complete science fiction whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 7, 2010
The Spierigs get a lot of points for inventiveness, but their cleverly constructed, uncomfortably familiar world makes a deeper impression than much of what happens within it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Maitland McDonagh
Hollywood Reporter
January 7, 2010
While the setting is sleek and filled with clever details, the story, in which one good vampire teams with a scrappy band of free-range humans to fight the power, is timeworn and predictable.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2010
Peter and Michael Spierig's earlier, campier horror outing, the zombie picture known as Undead, was even bloodier than this one. The movie-makers are after bigger game here, and a subtler mixture of speculative nightmare and action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 6, 2010
Daybreakers isn't a great film, but it's a good one, and in a market oddly lousy with vampire tales, it's an original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 6, 2010
It's like Children of Men with exploding-plasma shock effects. The best thing you can say about the movie is that it pours some very old blood into a new plastic bottle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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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.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 5, 2010
The script doesn't wring many surprises or much character involvement from the premise, and the brothers' helming, while slick, is short on scares, action setpieces and humor.
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David Germain
Associated Press
January 5, 2010
There are more revisionist bloodsucker stories out there than you can shake a stake at nowadays, and they're getting tiresome.