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  • Summary: As the millennium approaches, Satan (Byrne) has returned to Earth to search for a woman (Tunney) to bear his child. It is body guard and former policeman Jericho Cane's (Schwarzenegger) duty to protect her from harm.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 16 out of 33
  1. 75
    May prove too dark to make the list of Schwarzenegger's biggest hits. But the movie suggests the actor still has a lot to offer -- and he's willing to take some chances, too. Welcome back, Arnold.
  2. 60
    For the most part it's a blast.
  3. An overblown, overspectacular, oversold movie without an original idea in its head.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Harrison
    40
    Half-baked.
  5. All fire-and-brimstone bunk, a tired compendium of involuntary crucifixions, grim messages carved into human flesh, fly buzzings, ominous choral chants on the soundtrack and at least one head twisting.
  6. 0
    We're treated to such a broad panoply of godawful dialogue, righteously shoddy acting, and, worst of all for an action blockbuster of this sort, subpar effects work, that's it's all you can do not to giggle helplessly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 16, 2011
    7
    i like arnold,he should have stayed in acting. from what i read he bombed as governor. this movie is one of his weakest, hence the "7". half the high rating is because he literally throws himself on the sword. i'm catholic. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2013
    6
    The devil has returned to Earth to claim his bride and bring about the end of the world, and only one man has the power to stop him in END OF DAYS! END OF DAYS feels like a dumbed down version of ROSEMARY'S BABY or THE OMEN, an opportunistic attempt to cash-in on the turn of the century paranoia that tries to mask its failing script behind big names and explosive special effects. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a parody of his former self, having been given more of the worst one-liners of his entire career as he makes a fool of himself on-screen. It is ever-apparent that he is reading the role off of the page, making it impossible for the audience to invest in his character. Gabriel Byrne, on the other hand, gives an entertaining performance as the devil. He is cunning and manipulative, but playful at the same time, recalling Robert de Niro in ANGEL HEART. It is worth watching for his part, alone. Peter Hyams' over-budgeted action sequences turn what probably should have been an atmospheric thriller into a flashy light show with no character or mood to show for it. If anything, the title most accurately describes the shape of Arnold's career as we entered the 21st century. Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2013
    6
    Not really good. But not really bad either. Perhaps leaning on the side of decent. It was nice to see Schwarzenegger playing a character with a bit more depth (and not pregnant) for a change. Acting is decent. alround with Schwarzenegger & Byrne doing a decent enough job with what they were given. The story on the other hand is nothing we haven't seen before and it has been done better. A rather poorly written script that really rushes the movie along too quickly with far too much exposition coming from the weirdest places.

    Overall:

    On okay movie that is worth a watch if you have nothing better to do.
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  4. Nov 24, 2012
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In the rush to capitalize on the 'impending doom' of the year 2000 (and the public panic regarding Y2K), this 'end of the world as we know it' movie can only make us wish it had ended, so we wouldn't be subjected to periodic showings of this trash. Bottom line: Ahrnold's (sic) big arms take on the Devil himself...and wins? I don't consider that a spoiler, since this film has probably been rotting away on the shelf for years. If this is how the millennium goes down, one can only hope they have a new plot for Y3K. Compared to other Schwarzennegger flicks, the 'action' is mild, the 'humor' forced, and the plot (which normally doesn't need high standards when Arnold's the star) is almost as ludicrous as "Santa Claus vs. the Martians". There was only one scene that I actually enjoyed: when "Satan" (Byrne) compliments some roller-blading kid for wearing a nice shirt (emblazoned with words like: Satan Rulez or some such). The kid, unimpressed, flips him off and shouts some obscenity ("Up yours"? or something along those lines), and while distracted rolls in front of a truck or buss and is promptly flattened. Satan sees this, turns away, and in an off-handed manner repeats his "nice shirt" line. Otherwise, the remaining 2 hours is junk. One thing I really hated was the attempt to re-create the 'buddy spy' team of Schwarzenegger/(Tom) Arnold which worked so successfully in "True Lies". Needless to say, the attempt failed miserably. There isn't even the decent 'love interest' (ala: Jamie Lee Curtis, also from "True Lies"). To paraphrase William Shatner, from his latest 'Priceline' ad (with the cliff-hanging bus scene): "Save yourself...some pain" and stay away from this truly idiotic experience. Expand

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