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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Despite the clunky bits, "Tomorrow" still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.
  2. The spectacle, which is colossal and at times staggering to behold, begins within two minutes of the fade-in and keeps coming until the finish. I thought I'd seen it all. I hadn't.
  3. 67
    Delivers the expected thrills and groans.
  4. 50
    Emmerich does know his way around an action scene -- there's an exciting sequence in which Sam and his buddies run from wolves while looking for meds inside the huge ship that pulls up alongside the library. But he's a master of disaster with no people skills. The characters in The Day After Tomorrow are fantastically stupid.
  5. All this amounts to a badly wasted opportunity, since global warming is a serious issue that deserves thoughtful treatment. So stay home and read a scientific journal instead. This is a disaster movie that lives up to its label.
  6. 40
    Despite the fact that The Day After Tomorrow is harnessed to the very real threat of global warming, it's still just a big, dumb movie, another Hollywood entertainment that, instead of tweaking and teasing our brains for fun, leaves us feeling thick and stupid.
  7. 25
    Don't ask whether or not you should take The Day After Tomorrow seriously. Don't take it at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 161
  2. Negative: 47 out of 161
  1. Nei
    May 3, 2010
    I don't care what the others say, but this movie is good.
  2. RachelD.
    Jan 25, 2007
    I think this was a very effective film that had an impact on the audience, The special effects were brilliant. I think it was a brilliant way to get the point across that global warming is completely unpredictible and could happen in our lifetime, even if at times the special effects could be some what "dramatic". Expand
  3. RachelH.
    Dec 22, 2005
    I seem to be the minority here; I liked this movie a lot. Not sure it was quite deserving of an 8, but it should get more than a 7. Incredible visual effects. The movie would be worth seeing simply for that reason. I personally also really liked the casting. Quaid and Ward were great. Gyllenhaal, in my opinion, is one of the more underappreciated actors I've seen recently, but I thought he put on a wonderful performance too. I was entertained from beginning to end, there was hardly a dull moment. Expand
  4. SteveP.
    Jan 27, 2008
    I loved this movie; it is a modern-day Plan 9, a B movie with all the usual clunky plots. The wolves are missing? They'll show up again... on a ship in the middle of Manhattan! The guy says "...and I'll go, too"? Yes, he's going to die. We're trapped in a building full of wood... so all we can burn is books! Come on, people! This movie is brilliant... just not the way the writers intended. Grab some popcorn, rent this movie, and enjoy! Expand
  5. Jan 12, 2013
    Good special effects and entertaining.
  6. Oct 6, 2011
    "The Day after Tomorrow" starts in a broad scale with impressive visuals, but lacks the lasting appeal as well as the character depth. I can suspect where the movie wants itself headed to, but fails to execute in action. Expand
  7. JackH.
    Oct 1, 2005
    If the world were indeed to end tomorrow I would die happy knowing the people who wrote this tripe went with it.

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