Box art for The Day After Tomorrow

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

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

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

It's true I'm not big on Disaster movies and I did find this one pretty boring in parts, but the effects were fantastic and it really is so topical in our current climate.

- 76Majikat, Friday, October 22, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Monday, October 18, 2010

4 stars

For some reason I've always loved this movie, it's just so much fun and doesn't try to be over-intelligent or pretentious. This was made to show a great what-if? scenario and have it's characters in multiple death trap scenarios. Jake Gyllenhaal triumphs as the star and is reason alone to find this movie interesting to watch. Dennis Quaid is also really good and his charismatic self. Actually the entire cast works really well and there isn't much cheesiness to the relationships. The effects are great and the sequences are far and above the best for a Roland Emmerich disaster event. While this won't go down in history as the best disaster movie, I personally think it's a lot better than most out there and is extremely re-watchable and harmless.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, October 17, 2010