Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. The delight of this awesome thriller is simply that Schwarzenegger--an old hand at this sort of running-around-shooting-henchmen thing--could easily sleepwalk through the movie...but he doesn't.
  2. 75
    A well-crafted entertainment containing enough ideas to qualify it as science fiction and not just as a futurist thriller.
  3. This movie knows how to entertain.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Puts the fun back into going to Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. He said he'd be back, and he is.
  5. 75
    Under the tight wraps provided by a veteran director and a generally clever script, he (Arnold) has, in The 6th Day, his best picture in many years.
  6. Spottiswoode and Schwarzenegger deliver a clever and colorful conspiratorial thriller with high-energy action scenes, car crashes a go-go, spectacular technology and big explosions, packaged with ferocious glee and spoofing humor. Who could ask for more from Ah-nold?
  7. 70
    A clever but routine science fiction flick.
  8. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Well worth the price of admission.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A fun ride. It's loud and obvious, but it's also the first high-tech, sci-fi thriller to think through some of the implications of cloning and capitalism.
  10. A bit of a clone itself, but it's got a crackerjack helicopter chase, a semblance of a script, and a sotto voce performance by Robert Duvall as a biotech genius who murmurs sweet nothings to his dying cloned wife.
  11. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Once Schwarzenegger got attached, the short-sighted, commercially minded forces took over; the man is desperate for a hit, so the movie dare not overestimate the audience's intelligence or tolerance for uneasily resolved dilemmas.
  12. This otherwise undistinguished thriller about cloning is the most entertaining movie from the aging action star for some time.
  13. Reviewed by: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
    Closely follows the Schwarzenegger formula, right down to the fiery, explosive-rife finale. If you like the formula, you'll probably enjoy the movie.
  14. Offers high-speed helicopter chases, fireballing explosions, deadly laser guns, futuristic technology gone amok, multiple car crashes, two Arnold Schwarzeneggers for the price of one - almost everything except a plot that makes sense.
  15. 60
    The movie isn't "Blade Runner," but it's got some provocative ideas about the implications of cloning in a market-driven, capitalist society.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A mostly standard-issue latter-day Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner spiked with a creepily plausible cloning angle.
  17. 50
    The 6th Day gets a lot of mileage out of Schwarzenegger, who once seemed incapable of playing anything other than a cartoon but is becoming more and more of a "real" person with age.
  18. Like Schwarzenegger himself, it looks tired, and a little bored.
  19. There's no doubt that the formula for this kind of action film is showing its age.
  20. Modestly better than last year's awful "End of Days," though it falls well short of Arnold's "Terminator" peak period.
  21. 50
    Edited like the world's most expensive car ad. The screen opens and closes like a nervous accordion, and the action shifts speeds like crazy.
  22. 50
    Plays like something picked up at a vintage store; you can see all the greasy fingerprints from those who have handled it before.
  23. This movie is a clone itself, a far cry from "Total Recall" but vastly superior to "End of Days."
  24. 40
    Offers action in the Arnold Schwarzenegger style. Well, not right away.
  25. From its standard-issue action to its halfhearted dialogue and acting, that's one situation even two Schwarzeneggers aren't enough to solve.
  26. 30
    It's mediocrity at its most unremarkable.
  27. 30
    Achieves a level of hypocrisy astounding less for its brazenness than for its sheer stupidity.
  28. Offers director Roger Spottiswoode a chance to have the worst actor in Beverly Hills play scenes with himself.
  29. Reviewed by: Dan Via
    Neither smart nor exciting enough to justify the effort.
  30. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Another droning formulaic thriller.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Nov 29, 2012
    Definitely one of Arnie's better films (other than the nostalgia films from back in the day). His acting is still terrible, and that's honestly the main thing that holds the movie back, but the plot is interesting enough that it doesn't matter too much. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    yeah i was very happy with how this movie turned out. I was a little skeptical going into it but luckily it was surprisingly good. Sure it felt a bit like total know cloning and erasing or creating memories both raise similar moral issues and the plot evoked similar feelings in not really knowing who's who and what is real. Aside from those two things the movie did however manage to gain its own identity. instead of being on mars and having crazy mutants this one is set on earth and focuses more on what things might look like in the future. All the futuristic technology, be it holograms, laser guns, or full size remote control/transforming helicopters are what really makes this movie interesting and stand out. The only real negative i can give to this movie is that at some moments it was very obvious that they were pushing for a pg-13 rating. There was only one f bomb and arnold later quotes himself but replaces said f bomb with a more socialy acceptable word...screw. The cast was great im a big fan of michael rapaport and michael rooker, as well as the big black guy who i cant remember his name but plays in a lot of comedies. Another plus was how much thought went into the plot and morality issues. They played around alot with the what ifs of cloning and there were plenty of different clever scenerios surrounding this basis. And lastly you get some great one liners we have all come to expect from arnie and this movie has some of the best of them. I'll leave you with a few of my favorites and if you have not yet seen this movie then stop reading now. "You should go clone yourself while your still alive" "why so i can see things from your perspective?" "no, so you can go f@#$ yourself". ahahaha that one was the best and another was when arnold walks in the room and is acknowledged by the villian and says "i wish i could say the one and only". i can tell that they put a lot of thought and effort into this movie and lines like these show that they also had a lot of fun with it. great movie. Full Review »