4:44 Last Day on Earth
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In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They're in love. She's a painter, he's a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon - except that this isn't a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"Though it gains traction toward the end, viewers may finally feel puzzled or indifferent. You expect a bit more from the end of the world."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Ferrara movingly celebrates connection, cooking life down to just its barest essence: a man, a woman and a need."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"4:44: Last Day on Earth quickly devolves into an absolutely endless piece of work that's rife with laughably avant-garde elements and underdeveloped, one-dimensional characters."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"An exercise in emotional tedium."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Well, it's better than "Melancholia" but strictly for Abel Ferrara fans like me."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Rehashing old arguments in the hours before certain death is a tedious waste of time - theirs, and ours."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well)."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"Intermittently captures the sense of human desperation it strives for, as if to say the best we can hope for is to crawl past the finish line."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Uncompromising in its hallucinatory qualities and densely symbolic, 4:44 is a difficult sit, better appreciated for its appealing thespian swings than any of its intended meaning."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"A dreary and unappealing film about a couple of messed-up New Yorkers and what they choose to do just before the end of the world."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If the end of the world was just hours away, would New Yorkers still be able to get takeout? Yes, if Abel Ferrara's mind-bending "4:44 Last Day on Earth'' is any indication."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Your last day - or, as it happens, the whole planet's last day - will be just like every other one. Mr. Ferrara makes this point with ingenuity and characteristic thrift by using found news footage to provide images of apocalypse."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Too many things were left unexplained about the end of the world. Why not a greater sense of panic? How was the internet still up and running so smoothly? I'm just one of those guys who wants everything to fit into place by the end. It didn't."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"... the last thing we'd expect from the aging enfant terrible behind Bad Lieutenant and King of New York ... comes off as a somber testimonial/warning commissioned by a think tank overseen by Al Gore ..."
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
"Watching the excessively craggy Dafoe and the excessively nubile Leigh roll around on their pre-Apocalyptic mattress was certainly good for a giggle."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
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