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Zero Day Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 5, 2003
There are images in Zero Day that linger and gnaw.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 4, 2003
As a promised 'wake-up call,' it's disturbingly sleep-inducing.
| Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 24, 2003
Plaudits to Ben Coccio and his young stars for a job well done
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 23, 2003
Interestingly enough, it is in letting us get to know the assailants, not the victims, that Coccio makes us grieve.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
October 24, 2003
Will chill you to your core.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 24, 2003
Can't help but resonate with a ripped- from-the- headlines topicality.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 12, 2003
A shamelessly exploitive, subtly pretentious mockumentary, which manages to be the funniest film about a high school gun tragedy since Bowling for Columbine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 8, 2003
I never found what the Coccio Brothers were saying through their surrogates, Andre and Cal, either convincing or compelling.
Jeremy Heilman
September 18, 2003
[The ending is] a powerhouse sequence that easily relies as much as our collective conscience of real-life tragedy as the talents of the filmmaker, but that doesn't keep it from being one of the most arresting scenes this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2003
There's a thin line between purposefully banal and simply banal, and Ben Coccio's debut feature too often crosses it.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
September 9, 2003
The acting is fine, as is tape-to-film transfer. But television news and reality TV are more compelling.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 6, 2003
Chilling... The power of Zero Day is its banality.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 5, 2003
Ben Coccio lets the mostly banal Zero Day videos go on much too long. And in having the characters speechify about the futility of postmortems on their motivation, he hits the audience over the head with the proverbial hammer.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
September 3, 2003
Raises disquieting questions about what it means to present an accurate, convincing reenactment of such an event, but is ultimately an insightful and non-exploitative treatment of the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
September 3, 2003
What gives the movie its power is that even the most innocuous scenes in the boys' lives are shadowed by dread.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 3, 2003
It has a power and immediacy that makes it much more worthwhile than Home Room.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 2, 2003
Zero Day may not explain the reason such crimes are committed but it successfully defines evil as willful cruelty compounded by enormous self-absorption.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 28, 2003
Exactly the kind of broad, simple-minded exploration of the root causes of violence that its protagonists purport to despise.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric Campos
Film Threat
August 19, 2003
Love it or hate it, Zero Day will stay with you for a very long time.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
November 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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