Daybreakers Reviews

  • It's like Children of Men with exploding-plasma shock effects. The best thing you can say about the movie is that it pours some very old blood into a new plastic bottle.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The narrative may flag, but the doomsday atmosphere and George Liddlea(TM)s production design remain vivid until the final, blood-splattered reel.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • The Spierigs make some nice metaphysical points and commission some spiffy design, but resort to less-than-blood-heat thriller moves in the final third. Still very watchable, though.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • It is a happy alternative to the tepid appeal of pre-teen vamps and werewolves. But why make a vampire movie lacking the allure of the enticing fiends?

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • In the end, Daybreakers doesn't really want to make anyone think too hard. If that were to happen, they might stop to wonder why all the human survivors out there hiding in fear of their lives don't just become garlic farmers and call it a day.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Just when you think popular culture has exhausted all the metaphorical and allegorical possibilities, the film unifies all the usual tropes (bloodlust, heliophobia, fangs) into a complete science fiction whole.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Wearisome "Ain't it cool?" video-game splatter-violence is all that's memorable of the action, while a (mixed) metaphorical subtext of conservationism can't save a text that squanders its actors.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Despite the Spierig brothers' punchy visual style and satiric tone, Daybreakers eventually devolves, though Dafoe and his Southern drawl goose things up and Hawke has a greasy romanticism.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Daybreakers finally comes up with some comments on the predatory practices of Big Pharma, but that's an awful comedown from the blood-rushing brilliance of the early scenes.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • This intriguing premise, alas, ends as so many movies do these days, with fierce fights and bloodshed. Inevitably, the future of the planet will be settled among the handful of characters we've met, and a lot of extras with machineguns.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Peter and Michael Spierig's earlier, campier horror outing, the zombie picture known as Undead, was even bloodier than this one. The movie-makers are after bigger game here, and a subtler mixture of speculative nightmare and action film.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Writer-directors Michael and Peter Spierig equip this unpretentious, low-budget, high-functioning shocker with some sharp satirical teeth, and Dafoe has a ball behind his Manson goatee.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • It's undeniable fun to behold the likes of serious thespians Hawke and Dafoe slumming around in this cheeseball stuff.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Daybreakers isn't a great film, but it's a good one, and in a market oddly lousy with vampire tales, it's an original.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The script doesn't wring many surprises or much character involvement from the premise, and the brothers' helming, while slick, is short on scares, action setpieces and humor.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • For the lowbrow, the thrill is a level of fleshy explosiveness reminiscent of David Cronenberg's Scanners. No one dies quietly; he must either detonate like Hiroshima or burst into juicy red chunks of viscera.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Daybreakers reminds us that from Twilight to Underworld, True Blood to The Vampire Diaries, this is one genre where supply has utterly overwhelmed demand.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Daybreakers has substance and smarts, plus lots of visual treats for the fanboys -- a mix to keep everybody happy.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Daybreakers is the pinnacle of fun, modern sci-fi horror actioners.

    C. Robert Cargill — Film.com

  • Daybreakers is more fun than foreboding; it's fright-lite, yet that's par for the bloody course in these busy apocalyptic days.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

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