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Daylight Reviews

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Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2011
Perpetually torn between its philosophical ambitions and horror-film roots, Daylight suffers from a debilitating identity crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2011
Barker leaves the histrionics to other thrill-makers, opting for the excruciating slow boil.
Mike Scott
August 12, 2011
An icy and humorless -- but entirely suspenseful -- film that works mostly because of its unpredictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
August 24, 2015
It's actually got a novel idea, a handful of legitimately creepy moments, and an admirable sense of Twilight Zone-style madness
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
July 22, 2011
Daylight is a caper full of lechery and unforced twists with strong characters and no pretense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 12, 2011
Punctuating views of the bucolic countryside and sky attest to nature or God's indifference to human suffering, but such formalist touches don't overwhelm the responsive ensemble work in this resourceful, taboo-prodding sickie.
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Eric Kohn
July 14, 2011
Barker's screenplay demonstrates a conviction that its genre can command great importance, allowing it to transcend the easy shocks associated with the exploitation movie experience and create an entirely fresh rhythm.
| Original Score: B
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 14, 2011
An unusually delicate psychological thriller that favors suggestion over exposition.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
July 14, 2011
Thanks largely to the exceptional actors, particularly Martin and Meierhans, Barker sporadically infuses fresh life into stale cliches, and even makes a few of them truly compelling all over again.
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
July 18, 2011
A slow burn of a thriller that ultimately packs a far greater wallop than many flashier examples of the genre
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2011
Replete with superior acting and visual splendor, the film is a fine instance of the overly familiar made fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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