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Day Night Day Night

A nameless 19-year-old woman's (Luisa Williams) last two days of life are filled with small details and agonizing pressure as she prepares to execute a suicide bomb mission in the middle of New York City's Times Square. Her decision is resolute and there is no need to understand her reason, only her unwavering purpose. Director and writer Julia Loktev's existential character study is a 2007 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature nominee.
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Netflix Rating: 2.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 70%
Critics' score: 70   Audience score: 55   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Loktev creates a minimalist study of unfathomable faith. full review

Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

Unfortunately this portrait of a young woman on the eve of her first terrorist foray -- a bombing of Times Square -- replaces the knee-jerk patriotic bluster of Hollywood films with its own postmodern cliches. full review

Richard M. Porton, Chicago Reader

All in all, it's a creepy subject for a movie -- especially when there is no payoff at the end. full review

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

Day Night Day Night brings plenty of shakycam immediacy and a cute face to what seems to be zero point of view. full review

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

Day Night Day Night has captured viewers' attention around the world for its remarkable craftsmanship, technical command and distinctive vision.

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

[Director] Loktev provokes in her audience an involuntary shudder, because we realize that whether an act is madness or inspiration really depends on what side you're on. full review

John Anderson, Newsday

Inspired by an actual event in her native Russia, current New Yorker Julia Loktev's Day Night Day Night offers a chillingly effective look at the ease with which a suicide bomber could wreak havoc on U.S. soil -- specifically in Times Square. full review

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

A stunt masquerading as a statement. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Too much information would only get in the way and lessen this compelling film's evocation of dread. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Day Night Day Night, a movie about a suicide bomber, may be serious, and it is certainly sure of itself. But it is also maddeningly, purposefully evasive.

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Terror is existential in this highly intelligent, somewhat sadistic, totally fascinating movie. full review

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

I'm frankly flummoxed about what Day Night Day Night adds up to, but its 'You Are There' allure is potent. full review

David Edelstein, New York Magazine

This is a movie that's better left unexplained, since part of what is so breathtaking is Loktev's strength as a storyteller and Williams's expressiveness as an actor. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Overly reliant on a weak lead performance, it drags so much that you're left almost wanting the bomb to go off. full review

Geoff Andrew, Time Out

You spend the film wondering and speculating, looking for clues, and watching carefully.

Howie Movshovitz, Hollywood Reporter

By turns frustrating and impressive in its austerity. full review

Justin Chang, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Available From: Jun 01, 2011
  • Queued by: 104 people
Directed By
Julia Loktev
Cast
Luisa Williams, Josh Phillip Weinstein, Gareth Saxe, Nyambi Nyambi, Frank Dattolo, Annemarie Lawless, Teo Yoo
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