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Life in a Day Reviews

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Michael Dequina
July 16, 2012
All too well summed up by its closing bit, where a young woman bemoans how she hoped for an eventful day but ended up with another rather mundane one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 23, 2011
The many windows into different lives, capturing moments humorous and sad, ordinary and momentous, build into quite a moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Foster
September 2, 2011
It's best to simply ignore its corporate branding and accept the spirit of deeper understanding and celebration of the project's intention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
September 2, 2011
With director Kevin Macdonald finding a rhythm among the myriad footage submitted, this honest, funny and touching doco is an incredible achievement.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 2, 2011
You walk out with a good feeling, having seen a lot of humanity in the almost raw.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 2, 2011
It's a feel-good movie in that sense, affirmative without being sentimental or exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 2, 2011
Not all of this stuff will totally grip you with its urgency or relevance, but not a second of it (yes, even that fellow contemplating his laundry list) will wear out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 2, 2011
Almost inevitably, a film made from these snippets is less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 2, 2011
The clips add up to a poignant reminder of how much beauty there is in our world and its people.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald
September 1, 2011
Inevitably, the 90-minute film has a lot to live up to. And, by and large, it succeeds in its mandate.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 31, 2011
While its intentions are pure and its goals often on mark with its presentation of a world both banal and spectacular, Life in a Day cannot help but delve into pretentious territory, creating an equally engrossing and frustrating viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 27, 2011
There is a cumulative effect of so many snapshots of life on earth, but it isn't meaningful so much as jumbled
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 27, 2011
Sometimes it soars, sometimes it flops. Worse still, it gets boring. Our fascination lies in the diversity of experience
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 25, 2011
Resides somewhere between the head trip of 'Koyaanisqatsi' and the it's-a-small-world-after-all reassurance of a Kodak commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Clift
August 15, 2011
Breaks all the established rules of filmmaking and storytelling, yet comes together as something that is unique, inspirational and occasionally profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
August 12, 2011
Testifies to the remarkable, democratizing nature of cinema and the power of images seen and voices heard for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
This pointillistic view of everyday people never quite gels as a movie, but it has its point-and-click moments.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 5, 2011
What I took away were some individual moments from people whose lives I wish had played out more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
August 5, 2011
What makes "Life in a Day" so compelling is how completely ordinary it is. There are no YouTube antics, no one is putting on a show. It's simply a collection of how people decided to spend one July day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 4, 2011
Give Macdonald and crew credit for picking out good, clear, telling contrasts, and not sweating potential heavy-handedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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