Life in a Day Reviews

August 11, 2020
With this kind of feel-good quality the film is sure to encounter warm reception, but the stated goal has definitely been missed.
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.
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.
August 8, 2011
This pointillistic view of everyday people never quite gels as a movie, but it has its point-and-click moments.
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.
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.
July 29, 2011
It strives awfully hard for depth but, more often than not, comes off too shallow.
July 29, 2011
As an attempt to reflect The Way We Live Now, it falls short in a few key ways.
July 29, 2011
Judging by the National Geographic doc "Life in a Day," a lot of nothing happened on July 24, 2010.
July 28, 2011
"Life in a Day" is "Koyaanisqatsi" minus the consistent visual imagination that made that film bearable.
July 28, 2011
a hell of an experiment
July 27, 2011
...a pretty experiment with no apparent results.
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.
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.
July 24, 2011
In Kevin Macdonald's project, what ultimately unites mankind is its banality.