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Life in a Day Reviews

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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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 24, 2011
In Kevin Macdonald's project, what ultimately unites mankind is its banality.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Mike Hale
New York Times
July 28, 2011
"Life in a Day" is "Koyaanisqatsi" minus the consistent visual imagination that made that film bearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
July 26, 2011
The resulting object is less about the world than about itself, and feels like a hey-that's-neat 90-minute troll through the video-sharing website.
Eric Kohn
July 27, 2011
...a pretty experiment with no apparent results.
Christopher Null
July 28, 2011
a hell of an experiment
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
August 2, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 29, 2011
Judging by the National Geographic doc "Life in a Day," a lot of nothing happened on July 24, 2010.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
July 26, 2011
Doc oddity of crowd-sourced footage from hundreds of amateurs around the globe reflecting their notions of life in a typical day is all over the map geographically but isolated in a dead zone emotionally, thematically and intellectually.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
July 29, 2011
As an attempt to reflect The Way We Live Now, it falls short in a few key ways.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2011
It strives awfully hard for depth but, more often than not, comes off too shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 3, 2011
A slick mishmash of exotica, minutia, and airbrushed platitudes (a lot of babies are born, but how can that be if no one has sex?) that tries to sum up the lives of everybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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
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
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+
July 31, 2011
It's a remarkable achievement, creating something that is meaningful, sad, and often funny from the home movies of thousands of people around the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
April 19, 2011
It's hard to say much about it without risking spoilers but you will laugh, you will cry and you will have a good long think about the world and your place in it.
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New York Times
November 5, 2011
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