The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Despite the clunky bits, "Tomorrow" still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The spectacle, which is colossal and at times staggering to behold, begins within two minutes of the fade-in and keeps coming until the finish. I thought I'd seen it all. I hadn't.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Yes, the movie is profoundly silly. What surprised me is that it's also very scary. The special effects are on such an awesome scale that the movie works despite its cornball plotting.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Never mind the cool, convincing effects (and they are cool), The Day After Tomorrow teems with illogical action, improbable coincidences. It's pure escapist fare, a popcorn gobbler.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A decent disaster pic comes down to the handful of colorful individuals who will live (or, depending on the prominence of their billing, die), as it has since the days of chewy disaster meatballs like ''The Towering Inferno'' and ''Earthquake.'' And the heaviest lifting in Emmerich's production falls to Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Emmerich does know his way around an action scene -- there's an exciting sequence in which Sam and his buddies run from wolves while looking for meds inside the huge ship that pulls up alongside the library. But he's a master of disaster with no people skills. The characters in The Day After Tomorrow are fantastically stupid.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Really bad movies can be fun, and the dialogue here often attains a level of joyful inanity.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Packed with digs at Bush-Cheney that even Democrats could find heavy-handed, the movie's lumbering approach reminds us that, OK, Emmerich did "Independence Day" -- but also 1998's "Godzilla," which began sinking back into the sea in week two.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Seldom has grandeur struggled so mightily, and fruitlessly, with rampant goofiness.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Don't ask whether or not you should take The Day After Tomorrow seriously. Don't take it at all.
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47 out of 100
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