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The Day After Tomorrow

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

When a new global ice-age threatens the world, a climatologist tries to figure out a way to save humanity, and attempts to get to his young son in New York.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
5 out of 5

Some cool special effects...that's about it.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has intense peril and violence, with the destruction of much of the world. Millions of people are killed, mostly off-screen, though there are some dead bodies and major characters are killed. There are brief images of grisly injuries. Characters drink, including drinking as a way to dull the sadness. Characters sacrifice themselves, sometimes by killing themselves, to save others. A strength of the movie is the portrayal of men and women of different races with courage and ability and devotion, including a loving inter-racial marriage.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about global warming and research the efforts by scientists and politicians to prevent further damage to the ozone layer. They could also talk about why the librarian wanted to save the Gutenberg Bible and about how all of the characters think about (and rearrange) their priorities in the face of disaster. Would your choice for your favorite vacation be like Sam's? Whose decisions do you approve of and why? The politicians speak of "triage," making the very tough decisions to let some people die so that more can live. How do people make those choices? What do you think about the way they decide to define "win?" What will happen in the weeks following the end of the movie, and what will the world look like a year later?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A shambles of dud writing and dramatic inconsequence which left me determined to double my consumption of fossil fuels.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sunday, August 1, 2004

Rotten: It's just so very bad.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, May 28, 2004

Fresh: It fulfills its summer air-conditioning duties with flippant ease, and its enjoyably cloddish attempts at political relevance add a fascinating layer of incongruity.

- Dennis Lim, Village Voice, Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Nice special effect but not really a good story or good acting.

- cchclaw, Friday, June 7, 2013

3 stars

Roland Emmerich has had a checkered career. I thought his films Independence Day and The Patriot were great films, and among his best. After all, he's not that great a director. Godzilla was crap, 10,000 BC was also crap and so was 2012. However if I'd have to pick a third film that he made that was actually quite watchable, it be The Day After Tomorrow. This is not excellent by any means, but it manages to be quite entertaining as the film focuses on the temperature of the planet dropping. The film is almost prophetic in the sense that people think the problem with earth is Global Warming, but if you read the facts, one day the earths temperature will drop. The Day After Tomorrow is a visual feast for the eyes, and I'm surprised that Emmerich was able to make something watchable. The Day After Tomorrow for me, is Emmerich's final good film. After this one, he pretty much went down hill. The Day After Tomorrow is a terrific disaster film, and visually it's a stunning piece of work. The acting is fairly good as well. Emmerich has made a fun popcorn flick that remains his last good film. If you enjoyed Independence Day, then you'll enjoy this one as well. The Day After Tomorrow is a well made disaster film with great special effects. A good film, but nothing truly exceptional.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, June 28, 2011

2 stars

roland emmerich loves destroying the world. there's literally a scene where they're running away from the freezing point of temperature. uh huh...

- fb1463751009, Saturday, March 24, 2012