Box art for Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor)

Day Watch (Dnevnoi Dozor)

action & adventure, horror, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


The ancient war between the forces of Light and Darkness is reaching a tragic outcome. Each side has gained a powerful Great Other, who are headed for a clash, and Anton Gorodetsky is once again caught up in the midst of this conflict.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    64%
  • Audience Score
    68%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: Day watch is nonsense. But it's glorious nonsense.

- James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: Watch's supernatural police and Bekmambetov's rich visual palette give the film enough strength at least to throw a couple elbows to set itself apart from other nameless films with plenty of effects, but little vision.

- Jason Morgan, Filmcritic.com, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

At some point, I felt really stupid watching this. I mean it made no sense. But this movie isn't that terrible. Though I don't recommend it to watch.

- 3niR, Tuesday, June 8, 2010

2 stars

Visually stunning, I've not seen many films that have spent as much time on the details. Shame they couldn't have spent more time on the story, structure, characters and just about everything else. This is a headache inducing mess. I had to have a lay down and a junior aspirin after watching it, just thinking about it makes my eyelids feel like they're burning. Not bad but a bit of a brainfu*k!

- SirPant, Monday, March 29, 2010

5 stars

First rule - you have to have seen Nochnoi Dozor a.k.a Night Watch. Its well worth seeing Night Watch for a number of reasons, but understanding the second film in this trilogy is probably the best of them. It makes the whole first film worthwhile. While Nochnoi Dozor was very over the top and quite silly (but brilliant in its own way), Dnevnoi Dozor carries off its excesses off much more confidently and brings real meaning to the first film. Second rule - you've really got to let yourself go of any preconceptions. This film is as mad as they come and completely unlikely, but wonderfully enjoyable in a very eccentric way. If you start comparing it to Hollywood equivalents you'll miss the point, and if you think you're going to see some "serious" Matrixesque fantasy, you'll be sorely disappointed. This film is pure myth, with the inexplicably unreal events and very much larger than life characterisations that any myth comes with. The fact that it is a Russian myth and full of many Russian references is both frustrating and at the same time great for a Russian viewer like me. You know there are hidden depths that you'll never quite get, but its fascinating to watch. And these bits are fairly infrequent, so don't be put off by it. :-) Third rule - don't see it yet, because you'll really want to know what on earth (or maybe not) they are going to do in the third part!

- matertenebraum, Monday, November 9, 2009