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
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  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. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    The crazy fantasy world of this saga is plenty compelling and quirky.
  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. 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.
  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. 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."
  10. Putting an entertainingly outlandish spin on "Matrix"-style action, Bekmambetov leans toward flamboyant special effects and operatic overacting.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The story is pure gobbledygook.
  15. 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.
  16. Unfolding in a decrepit, present-day Moscow, Day Watch dazzles and confuses with equal determination.
  17. 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."
  18. Bekmambetov introduces too many elements, losing interest in them or using them inadequately.
  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
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. ALF
    Apr 3, 2011
    10
    Excellent entertaining film and if the critic from Miami has seen it, then I would be amazed as this film is nothing like the Matrix. TheExcellent entertaining film and if the critic from Miami has seen it, then I would be amazed as this film is nothing like the Matrix. The effects were a compliment to the film rather than the film, the humour in it was great fun especially where the main character is placed in a womans body. The underlying message from both **** and Daywatch is about choices and how people can make poor choices which is why the ending is quite poignant. I think the negativity is more due to being a foreign language film and not American, both to my mind being pluses these days. Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2015
    9
    I never give anything a 10 but this came close.
    Firstly it is not American, which means it has a different cultural perspective towards the
    I never give anything a 10 but this came close.
    Firstly it is not American, which means it has a different cultural perspective towards the genre. Secondly I suggest there is a "group think bias" amongst, especially US, critics to favour anything Hollywood over anything not! After all Hollywooders are the people who give out the free party invites. The same is true of we in the west in general, cultural bias and lack of diversity in mainstream cinema, after all we have not really had anything in the way of blockbuster movies other than hollywood for 70 years.

    Overall the pace of the film was balanced between quieter, somewhat contemplative, character dialogues exploring the implications of decision, broken by high impact action scenes.

    The dialogue was not fantastic but not awful. Remember subtleties can be lost in translation. I have heard far worse dialogue on hollywood films, Matrix 1, 2 and 3 and Avatar, for example. I think they all made some money?

    As for the plot it is based on a three part novel (not the second book in the series which was actually called daywatch) so lacks the depth of the books due to the confines of the length of the film. This is true of most books of the film. So it can come across as having a shallow backstory. You can fix this to some extent by watching **** first.

    I liked it, I recommend it for anyone who enjoys fantasy/vampire/supernatural genres.
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  3. 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 soFor 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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