The Day the Earth Caught Fire Reviews

July 28, 2020
uncommonly intelligent in its treatment of a truly horrific doomsday scenario
July 14, 2020
Script and direction combine to make the film a good example of its kind.
July 11, 2020
End-of-the-world sagas are a dime-a-dozen, but here's one that's worth at least a few bills.
February 24, 2020
It may be fantastic in theme but it's journalistic in form and this makes it easy to accept.
October 11, 2019
A compelling science-fiction opus from Britain - less hypnotic, perhaps, than last year's Village of the Damned but superior to most of its competitors.
January 31, 2018
One is never quite sure how seriously one is expected to take this examination of newspaper ethics in time of crisis: the shot of the two headlines is certainly ironic, but the final narration is so noble and portentous that its effect is dissipated.
June 7, 2011
An intelligent low-budget sci-fi doomsday pic.
December 8, 2009
The premise lends itself to the inspired pandemonium of a Max Ernst
August 5, 2005
December 1, 2004
The disaster genre is not generally known for its insights into characters or its clever dialogue, but The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an admirable exception.
August 21, 2002
Slow, depressing, but convincing sci-fi film
July 25, 2002
The Day the Moviewatcher Nodded Off
Top Critic
January 1, 2000