Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 88
    It's a high-energy blast.
  2. 80
    Like its predecessor, the movie is a joyous celebration of extravagant pulp and post-Soviet kitsch, joyously trafficking in gore, loud cars, ladies' stilettos and excess for its own sake.
  3. Though Day Watch seems less shocking and overwhelmingly strange than "Night Watch," it's another rocking mix of gritty thriller and glitzy sci-fi, once again in the vein of the director Bekmambetov's idols Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers.
  4. While the sequel to "Night Watch" is an imperfect film, it's always interesting.
  5. 75
    Anyone looking for sleek futuristic action and production design should keep walking.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    The crazy fantasy world of this saga is plenty compelling and quirky.
  7. 70
    For all the vampires and blown-up cars, you'll see no sadism for the hell of it, only an oddly sweet-tempered mix of hyperbole, understatement and profoundly Slavic philosophizing about guilt, freedom and responsibility.
  8. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    67
    The sequel is a minor wackjob head trip.
  9. Putting an entertainingly outlandish spin on "Matrix"-style action, Bekmambetov leans toward flamboyant special effects and operatic overacting.
  10. 63
    Though overlong, there are many stunning special effects, including a car chase up the side of a building, as well as the sort of wild animated subtitles that turned up in "Night Watch."
  11. Ranks as one of the most elaborate, stunt- and effects-filled summer movies currently in the theatres. Unfortunately for its box-office prospects, it's also in Russian, which narrows its audience to action junkies with a foreign film bent.
  12. Day Watch does dazzle and even at times amuse. But its imagination is limited. The backstory is shallow and pat. Its characters are mostly one-note. And everything goes on much too long at 133 minutes.
  13. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    60
    The worst thing Bekmambetov has picked up from his American models is the tendency of megasequels to aggrandize material grown enervated, to compensate for thinness by spreading out.
  14. The story is pure gobbledygook.
  15. Bekmambetov introduces too many elements, losing interest in them or using them inadequately.
  16. Day Watch falls prey to the curse of most sequels in which "more" is often a thin concept stretched beyond its limits and misconstrued to mean "bigger and better."
  17. Unfolding in a decrepit, present-day Moscow, Day Watch dazzles and confuses with equal determination.
  18. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    50
    Bursting with incident and FX, Day Watch will delight fans of its predecessor, "Night Watch," but further annoy those antipathetic to the Russkie-made supernatural franchise.
  19. 42
    Like the dream it so closely resembles, it's fairly distracting while it's going on, but it fades into forgettable nonsense by the light of day.
  20. I wasn't exactly engaged, but this time boredom never took over.
  21. 38
    Like Russia's answer to "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Ring"s trilogies, Day Watch offers the second chapter in an epic battle between the forces of Light and Dark, the result of which is a gaping gray area where nothing much makes sense.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    6
    For the first half of the movie I actually thought that "Day Watch" would be better than it's prequel. During the second half, I wasn't so sure anymore.

    The movie starts out good and clear, explaining the circumstances enough in an unhurried pace. All in all, it makes sense.

    Then something happens, and the plot starts to twist and turn and nothing makes sense whether it comes to characters' actions or logic. Stuff just happens, a bit aimlessly, and even if there seems to be a goal for it all, it is hidden from plain view.

    The characters are given a bit more time in "Day Watch" than they had in "Night Watch". As long as the movie manages to graps onto a thread of clarity, it is quite good.
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  2. Jan 10, 2013
    1
    I can't understand how people are giving this good scores, the dialogue in the movie is 100% cringe-worthy and EXTREMELY awkward, it takes cheesy to another level. The movie itself is absolutely nonsensical, and just plain strange, it's not even a bit interesting. This is why Russia should NOT be making movies for audiences outside of Russia. Half way through it got so awkward that I decided to just give up and stop watching Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2012
    6
    Day Watch seems far more comfortable with itself and confident in what it is trying to achieve than Night Watch was. A high-octane supernatural thriller in every sense, the film is action-packed, engaging and more than a little bit weird. Once again Konstantin Khabensky is great as Anton, an unusual yet layered and compelling protagonist, and the personal emotional journey he undergoes over the course of the film's narrative is affecting. Viktor Verzhbitsky is also fantastic as Zavulon, an understated, chilling villain. Other characters and performances in Day Watch make far less of an impact, though thankfully they don't make extended appearances as the story generally remains focused on Anton, his estranged son Yegor (played by the talented young Dmitriy Martynov) and Zavulon, who seeks to corrupt the boy and use his newly discovered destructive powers for evil. Like the first film, Day Watch still becomes incredibly confusing in the film's final act, but you'll have a pretty good (if a little narratively dense and drawn out) time regardless. Director Timur Bekmambetov has really stepped things up in terms of his artistic vision, and the film's visual splendour puts even some recent high-concept American features to shame. Russia might be a country to watch in terms of blockbuster filmmaking over the next few years, even if they can't quite compete with Hollywood yet. Full Review »