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The Day After Tomorrow Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Seldom has grandeur struggled so mightily, and fruitlessly, with rampant goofiness.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Packed with digs at Bush-Cheney that even Democrats could find heavy-handed, the movie's lumbering approach reminds us that, OK, Emmerich did "Independence Day" -- but also 1998's "Godzilla," which began sinking back into the sea in week two.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A decent disaster pic comes down to the handful of colorful individuals who will live (or, depending on the prominence of their billing, die), as it has since the days of chewy disaster meatballs like ''The Towering Inferno'' and ''Earthquake.'' And the heaviest lifting in Emmerich's production falls to Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Yes, the movie is profoundly silly. What surprised me is that it's also very scary. The special effects are on such an awesome scale that the movie works despite its cornball plotting.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Despite the clunky bits, "Tomorrow" still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Some cool special effects...that's about it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and violence, with the destruction of much of the world. Millions of people are killed, mostly off-screen, though there are some dead bodies and major characters are killed. There are brief images of grisly injuries. Characters drink, including drinking as a way to dull the sadness. Characters sacrifice themselves, sometimes by killing themselves, to save others. A strength of the movie is the portrayal of men and women of different races with courage and ability and devotion, including a loving inter-racial marriage.

  • Families can talk about global warming and research the efforts by scientists and politicians to prevent further damage to the ozone layer. They could also talk about why the librarian wanted to save the Gutenberg Bible and about how all of the characters think about (and rearrange) their priorities in the face of disaster. Would your choice for your favorite vacation be like Sam's? Whose decisions do you approve of and why? The politicians speak of "triage," making the very tough decisions to let some people die so that more can live. How do people make those choices? What do you think about the way they decide to define "win?" What will happen in the weeks following the end of the movie, and what will the world look like a year later?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense peril, many characters killed, dead bodies, brief graphic wounds.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Brief non-explicit sexual situation, teen kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief language

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: FOX appears many times throughout.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking.

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