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  • Summary: A 19-year-old girl prepares to become a suicide bomber in Times Square. (IFC First Take)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
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  1. 90
    Terror is existential in this highly intelligent, somewhat sadistic, totally fascinating movie.
  2. The film is, in fact, a cunning exercise in subjectivity and withheld information--and once you accept those parameters, it’s riveting.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    60
    Context and psychological insight are the major casualties of Day Night Day Night, a dramatically limited but strangely powerful portrait of a young would-be terrorist.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard M. Porton
    50
    Unlike the Dardennes or the best practitioners of political cinema, Loktev possesses almost zero political acumen, and her film ends up resembling nothing more than a well-calibrated performance piece, as vacuous as its confused protagonist.
  5. 50
    Loktev's efforts to universalize this story by avoiding specifics ends up making Day Night Day Night broad and blank, reducing the lead character to one more generic nutcase for us to fear and pity.
  6. 40
    The movie charts a journey from belief to despair with occasional touches of humor, but by the end I was so deadened by its minimalist style and method, I could barely summon the energy to ask why.

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  1. SteveS.
    Jun 1, 2007
    5
    Deliberately blank motivation and minimalist production, with seemingly half the picture in closeups of the star, work better as an abstract Deliberately blank motivation and minimalist production, with seemingly half the picture in closeups of the star, work better as an abstract notion than in the result on screen. Dramatically, the end product is a do-it-yourself chore for the audience, more interesting as an experiment than as an artwork - sort of "The Blair Witch Project" of terrorist movies. If you want to see the same topic treated much more viscerally on a similarly low level of resources, rent "Cavite." That's genuinely horrifying. Expand
  2. LindaL.
    Jun 12, 2007
    3
    The comparison with "Blair Witch Project" is inspired! All our Islamic (?) heroine needed was a runny nose. We don't know anything about The comparison with "Blair Witch Project" is inspired! All our Islamic (?) heroine needed was a runny nose. We don't know anything about the young woman who's the lead, except that she feels she's making a worthy sacrifice so her life/death will mean something. But despite her exquisitely expressive face, we're denied any sort of dramatic payoff, and are left feeling as dejected as she. Expand

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