Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. A devilishly fun blow-em-up that pits The Terminator vs. The Fallen One.
  3. Arnold has a gem for the third millennium in End of Days.
  4. 60
    For the most part it's a blast.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    It's good to see Schwarzenegger doing his thing again after what, for him, was a long sabbatical.
  6. Frequently silly, yet eminently more watchable than such leaden Schwarzenegger efforts as ''Eraser.''
  7. 50
    There are forces here you couldn't possibly comprehend...You can say that again.
  8. An overblown, overspectacular, oversold movie without an original idea in its head.
  9. A hokey, overblown and deeply unsatisfying movie.
  10. Not a campy film, but it revels in extremes, and has the same sort of appeal.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    Beginnings don't come much more lurid than this, and the rest of End of Days never quite reaches this level of flat-out wildness again.
  12. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    It's not as cool as it sounds.
  13. Peter Hyams, a pretty good cinematographer but a mediocre director, goes to work on a script by Andrew W. Marlowe that's designed to carry us from one bit of hyperbole to the next.
  14. 40
    Lacks a sense of bone-chilling dread.
  15. Nothing worse than a silly movie that takes itself seriously, that bores us to death while we wait for the finale that comes too late.
  16. Reviewed by: Eric Harrison
    40
    Half-baked.
  17. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    38
    The actors take a back seat to computer-generated demonic images and apocalyptic special effects.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    It seems endless. It's also unusually crude and stupid, even for an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
  19. 33
    Best laugh at the movies all autumn.
  20. 85 percent explosions and editing idiocy (a window can't break without director Peter Hyams cutting between five different angles) and 15 percent Arnold trying to grow a third dimension. Seeing him try for "sad" is like watching a dog try to talk.
  21. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    30
    Drab and depressing.
  22. Two ridiculous blood-soaked hours.
  23. 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.
  24. Too bad (Arnold) can't save the movie from it's superstitious clap-trap, sadistic violence, and sheer silliness.
  25. It's brain-dead start to finish.
  26. The movie equivalent of the fruitcake you get every year from the folks back home. It's brick-heavy and full of nasty bits you don't want to put in your mouth, lovingly wrapped in pink cellophane.
  27. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    20
    Full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing, End of Days is the loudest and least of the year's end-of-the-world movies.
  28. 18
    Such a witless, bombastic, by-the-numbers hunk of millennial hooey it made me nostalgic for Commando. This one throws in every hoary hellfire cliché.
  29. I do have one overpowering Y2K fear: that Hollywood will keep belching out movies as excruciatingly dull, brutal, mindless and overlong as End of Days.
  30. 0
    Idiotic, ugly and ridiculous.
  31. 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.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User 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". halfi 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 withNot 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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  3. 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 OFThe 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. Full Review »