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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Small parts dazzle but the film succeeds more in theory than practice. It's a fabulous concept, but overall less than the sum of its parts, largely because it slips back and forth between different modes of storytelling.
Despite having no conventional narrative, other than the sleeping, waking, rising, bathing, eating and living cycles of ordinary people across the globe, "Life in a Day" is, without exaggeration, a profound achievement.
Some of the material is banal, especially upon a second viewing. Some of it undoubtedly represents great acting by canny contributors. But the vast majority of the film feels undeniably real and incredibly inspiring.
Carved out of cyber-reality and global in reach, this fast-paced documentary is shaped as much by Internet savvy as traditional filmmaking, which doesn't make the experience of it any less satisfying, or the implications any less provocative.
So freshly edited, the clips so free of the usual YouTube Stupid Human Tricks coyness, that it's easy to get addicted to its clear-eyed celebration of the rituals and dislocating comedy of life in the 21st century.