Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. 50
    It plays out more like a 12-step program than a human drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    An intelligent adult drama that's especially relevant in these harsh economic times.
  4. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Natasha Senjanovic
    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.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Without grounding in specific causes-and-effects, the film is just another dreary wallow in self-pity.
  9. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sometimes art imitates life; sometimes it is life. If the market gets any worse, Days and Clouds could kill realism outright.

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