Knight & Day


Knight & Day

Critics Consensus

It's pure formula, but thanks to its breezy pace and a pair of charming performances from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day offers some agreeably middle-of-the-road summer action.



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A single girl en route to a family wedding gets swept up in a fight between a rogue government agent and the FBI in this globe-trotting action comedy from director James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma). June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is preparing to board a flight back home for her sister's wedding when she literally bumps into Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) in the middle of a busy airport. A few minutes later, they're making small talk on the plane when June excuses herself to the bathroom, and all hell breaks loose in the fuselage. By the time June emerges Roy has killed everybody on board, including the pilots. After crash-landing the plane in a darkened cornfield, Roy tells June that she should expect a visit from government agents, but warns her that by cooperating with them she risks almost certain death. The following day, Roy's prediction comes true when June is confronted by an imposing gang of government spooks who come under heavy fire while bombarding her with questions about her mysterious traveling companion. Suddenly, Roy is back, and he's once again whisking June away to safety. But what do the agents want, and why do they insist that Roy is the one to be feared, and not them? Before long the girl who never traveled far from home is off on a wild adventure that will take her from the tropics to Austria, France, and Spain. Somewhere amidst all of the confusion and gunfire, June begins to forge a bond with Roy. Unfortunately, it's never quite clear whether her unpredictable protector is one of the good guys or the bad guys, and by the time Roy reveals that he's attempting to protect a valuable new energy source, there's no time for questions. Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Grace, and Marc Blucas co-star.


Tom Cruise
as Roy Miller
Cameron Diaz
as June Havens
Peter Sarsgaard
as Fitzgerald
Viola Davis
as Director George
Paul Dano
as Simon Feck
Maggie Grace
as April Havens
Dale Dye
as Frank Jenkins
Gal Gadot
as Naomi
Tommy Nohilly
as Randy Mechanic
Taylor Treadwell
as Gate Agent
Christian Finnegan
as Ticket Agent
Nicholas Reese Art
as Kid at Airport
Jordi Molla
as Antonio
Brian Dykstra
as TSA Officer
Brian Tarantina
as Scrap Yard Man
Natasha Paczkowski
as Petra the Tailor
Jerrell Lee Wesley
as Fireman Paul
Matthew Lawler
as Passerby Agent
Ronn Surels
as Flight Attendant
Scott Wahle
as Newscaster
Sara Jean Underwood
as Newscaster #2
King Orba
as Smuggler
Adam Gregor
as Train Cook
Mitch E. Bowan
as Medivac EMT
Gerald T. Carbajal
as Doctor in Hallway
Nilaja Sun
as Allison
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Critic Reviews for Knight & Day

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  • A film to cheer audiences, 12 and slightly upwards, not seduce critics...

    Aug 12, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Cruise's curious meta-thriller wears thin long before Knight-fall

    Aug 8, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not bad DVD entertainment, but as a big summer movie, it's a bit of a washout.

    Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • About as memorable and entertaining as the last bath sponge I bought.

    Aug 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz! Tom and Cam! Cruise and Diaz! Together again!

    Aug 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Directed at a breakneck pace and with a spry script, it ratchets up the stakes as its stars leap from stunt to outrageous stunt. After a few years without a hit, Cruise seems back in control.

    Jul 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Thelma Adams

    Us Weekly
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Knight & Day

  • Nov 16, 2018
    The over-the-top-ness manages to work well with the story's comedy. The Cruz-Diaz connection works well too.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2013
    Just Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz pretending to be younger than what they really are showing off their own 180° car stunts in a PG-13 fashioned "comedy" copying the formula of <i>Charade</i> (1963) with him pulling off his Ethan Hunt twists until she finally turns into a Mrs. Smith. 49/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2013
    Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in the action comedy Knight and Day. On her way to her sister's wedding, June Havens has her world turned upside down when she crosses paths with a secret agent. The action's pretty good and gives the film a lot of energy. The comedy however, is overdone. What starts out as clever satire starts to become a farce after a while. The score is also a problem, and undercut some of the energy of the action scenes. Still, Knight and Day is fun and entertaining, and the performances have a certain charm.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2013
    When the movie started, I thought it might have been unjustly panned - there were some flashes that suggested it was a spoof - but as it went on, it closed in on and eventually captured boring, Romantic Spy Comedy territory, retaining the cartoony bits but expecting us to take them at face value. I got the sense that somewhere along the way, the vision was compromised, and that maybe it was during test screenings, once the movie was already shot, meaning that the more marketable plot had to be pieced together from footage that didn't necessarily belong in that order, or in the film at all. It's wild speculation on my part, but I'm not sure how else to explain the way this one went off the rails - it was entertaining for a short while, maybe a half an hour, but then it suddenly seemed to not know what kind of film it wanted to be, and the result was something to which I was indifferent, in the end.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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