Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Life in a Day is, without exaggeration, a profound achievement.
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Entertainment Weekly

It's our equivalent of that '80s art-film kaleidoscope "Koyaanisqatsi."
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Life in a Day is an experimental project driven by the Internet at its best, where connectivity among the planet's population has become a reality.
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San Francisco Chronicle

At once ambitious in its global reach and modest in its simplicity.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
It's the sort of big thought that makes a small point, which is precisely the problem with Life in a Day. A documentary that looks to give this notion visual form, it strives awfully hard for depth but, more often than not, comes off too shallow.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Macdonald knows plenty about crafting something evocative from unscripted material.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Does the film add up to something more than a stunt? Maybe not. I was captivated by the several hours I recently saw of Christian Marclay's 24-hour-long "The Clock," a video mashup in which thousands of clips from hundred of movies contain watches and clocks telling the same time that spectators can read on their wrists. Life in a Day doesn't aspire to such intricacy, but it's fascinating all the same, an electronic update of Alexander Pope's maxim that the proper study of mankind is man.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There are dull spots, as with any other day, yet "Life" aims to be, and occasionally is, like a YouTube-y "Our Town," giving a sense of what it is to be alive on planet Earth.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
It's a clever concept that should play well on TV and the Internet. But as a big-screen movie, Life in a Day -- which lists brothers Tony and Ridley Scott as producers -- elicits a shrug and a question: Who cares?
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By Scott Tobias
Produced in partnership with YouTube and distributed by National Geographic Films, the documentary Life in a Day is offspring with the worst genetic traits of both: narcissism on a global scale, speckled with pretty pictures. In a world without books or magazines, this is the movie people would watch in the waiting room at the dentist's office.
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58 out of 100
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