Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Natasha Senjanovic
    70
    At times "Days" seems more of a social commentary on the shrinking middle class than the will-they-or-won't-they-make-it story at the heart of the film.
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    75
    For Soldini, even bleakness has a poetic side, and his imagery is occasionally breathtaking here -- never more so than in the film's final tableau, which elegantly connects a Renaissance fresco Elsa had been working on before the couple's fall from grace with a strikingly similar real-life image suggesting the possibility of a renaissance in their marriage.
  3. 75
    In American movies, the iconic question usually is, can men and women be friends without the sex part getting in the way? Here it's, can a husband appreciate his wife as a woman? The movie's success in Italy is partly a matter of frustration: Women need their men to grow up.
  4. A brave film simply for daring to portray a nightmare lurking in the minds of middle-aged workers, people who might fear a film that addresses their insecurities this bluntly.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    70
    An intelligent adult drama that's especially relevant in these harsh economic times.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Sometimes art imitates life; sometimes it is life. If the market gets any worse, Days and Clouds could kill realism outright.
  7. 50
    It plays out more like a 12-step program than a human drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    50
    Without grounding in specific causes-and-effects, the film is just another dreary wallow in self-pity.
  9. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    83
    At times, Soldini gets so wrapped up in his characters' suffering that the movie loses perspective; it's a little hard to sympathize when the couple's needs grow so great that they're forced to sell their boat.

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