It's Such a Beautiful Day
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Don Hertzfeldt's "Everything will be OK" trilogy winds to a close in this chapter that finds a hospitalized Bill wrestling with his failing memory.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a bold attempt to get inside the mind of someone who's losing theirs, and Hertzfeldt has a grip on the idea and reality of death that's deeply unsettling."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"By the time the movie reaches its metaphysical end, you will feel you've seen something profound, perhaps even life-changing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An existential flipbook and a heartbreaking black joke: stickmen have never looked so alive."
‑ Paul M. Bradshaw, Total Film
"Underneath It's Such a Beautiful Day's simple surface and droll humor is a philosophical core as dense as any film's."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Will have you laughing through tears while pondering the meaning of life, the universe and everything."
‑ Tom Clift, Moviedex
"Mr. Hertzfeldt proves that pizazz isn't everything. Enriching his bare-bones drawings with a few well-deployed visual tricks, he tells the story of an Everyman who at first seems merely Thurberesque."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"There's no denying that Hertzfeldt has a voice and a vision, or that It's Such a Beautiful Day is unique. I think William Fisher, wherever he may be, would appreciate it greatly."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"An original and amusing animation that demonstrates the undeniable talent of Don Hertzfeldt."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"One of the most philosophically and narratively complex films of the year."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Highly original animated divertissement, filled with surprising depth and humor."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Seeing "the years [slip] out of [Bill's] head" in this 71-minute compendium is nothing short of revelatory."
‑ Simon Abrams, Village Voice
"Funny, oddly affecting and cherishably personal: in a better world, this would be on 300 screens, and filler such as The Croods would have to be smuggled in under the radar."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"One of the great films about memory, perspective and past history."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Little White Lies
"Hertzfeldt's simple drawings, evocative imagery and melancholy narration come together most beautifully in the finale, which suggests that the end of life isn't as bad as an unending one."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"By favoring the repetition of gestures over plot or graphics, Don Hertzfeldt argues that animation is, at its essence, a kinetic rather than simply visual form of expression."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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