Day Zero
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Three men come face to face with their concerns about war when they're drafted in this independent drama set in the near future. As the United States becomes more deeply mired in wars around the world and the threat of major terrorist attacks looms large, the federal government decides to reinstate conscription, and three friends face conflicting emotions as they wait out their last few days before entering the Army under the new draft. George Rifkin (Chris Klein) is a lawyer who has been helping his wife, Molly (Ginnifer Goodwin), get through her recent cancer treatment; he would prefer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a hot-button issue movie with a lot of potential for character development, it's slower than Christmas and disappointingly sluggish."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"If the abysmal reception so far for films about the war in Iraq is any indication, Day Zero is the last thing movie audiences will want to consume."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's not a groundbreaking film, but I liked the gritty feel of it. It's a small, little movie that manages to be thought provoking enough for me to recommend it."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Through portraits of these three men, [director] Cole uses the possibility to explore themes of loyalty and duty, masculinity, class conflicts and a youth culture gone soft and spoiled, at times slipping into political rhetoric."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film's relentless focus on the personal shortchanges the larger issues and ultimately reduces Fellner, Rifkin and Dixon to sociopolitical stereotypes."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Proves that even the most controversial of topics can be the basis for the dullest indie films."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"As the pals, Elijah Wood, Jon Bernthal, and especially Chris Klein mope around noncommittally, as if it were an upcoming trip to the in-laws' they were dreading -- not a potentially one-way ticket to a war zone."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
" engaging little drama that benefits from the stellar performances of its various actors."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Presents characters as concepts rather than actual people, and deals much more with the theoretical consequences of war rather than the actual human toll."
‑ Katey Rich, Film Journal International
"A flat and poorly written drama about three buddies who are drafted and have 30 days to report."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Truth to be told, it's hard to care."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"There's very little that rings true."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"no one will mistake this earnest try for Medium Cool. Maybe just Smallish Cool."
‑ Norm Schrager,
"A film that revels in defeatism and hyperbolized dystopia; a would-be political statement that is more insipid than insightful."
‑ Brett McCracken, Christianity Today
"Proves that Hollywood doesn't have a monopoly on ponderous, ersatz-thoughtful war dramas."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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