Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 8, 2012
    38
    A preposterous thriller where the only thing more disappointing than the ending is the 93 minutes it takes to get there.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 8, 2012
    25
    The Cold Light Of Day is the antithesis of a labor of love; it's a cold, mercenary endeavor that, like the thematically similar Taylor Lautner vehicle "Abduction," diligently ignores the potentially intriguing issues of family and identity its plot raises.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 8, 2012
    20
    A catastrophe worth noting only for the presence of its name cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Sep 4, 2012
    12
    Relates more or less the same story as Spy Kids, though in this case the kid is in his late 20s and the spy stuff is much less believable or robust.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 12, 2012
    0
    Weaver and Willis look bored silly while essaying their paint-by-numbers roles, and this film does nothing to make me think Cavill is going to be Zack Snyder's Superman incarnate.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Sep 21, 2012
    3
    It's clear that Cavill has some talent, and he's got the look, physicality , and charm to be an action star. The problem with this film isIt's clear that Cavill has some talent, and he's got the look, physicality , and charm to be an action star. The problem with this film is that the writing (the structure of the screenplay in particular) and directing are horrible. They squander both Willis and Weaver, who look mildly interested in the proceedings, and nothing more. I was thinking that any episode of Strike Back on Cinemax buries this film. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    1
    Stupid movie, but not as bad as others. Barely a story, it was probably homework that took ten minutes for a fifth grader, because The ColdStupid movie, but not as bad as others. Barely a story, it was probably homework that took ten minutes for a fifth grader, because The Cold Light of Day was THAT bad. Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    2
    "The Cold Light of Day" 10 Scale Rating: 2.0 (Terrible) ...

    The Good: For the brief time that he was in it, Bruce Willis was pretty good.
    "The Cold Light of Day" 10 Scale Rating: 2.0 (Terrible) ...

    The Good: For the brief time that he was in it, Bruce Willis was pretty good.

    The Bad: I've seen Cavill in a few films before and he was a solid actor in them ... but he took a vacation for this one because he was dreadful. For a suspenseful chase film it was pretty boring. Very straight forward, predictable, and full of things that I've seen done in other films ... but done well.
    Full Review »