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Life in a Day (12A)


A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.

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The critical consensus

Interestingly, the perspectives offered on humanity are overwhelmingly positive, indeed joyful; audiences will find themselves laughing often out of a sense of recognition and connection with these disparate lives.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 23/05/2011

Ignore the stats and surrender to the emotion in a movie where there’s always something cool just around the corner. Make the most of it, Mick’s Monster Burgers in Portsmouth!

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 07/06/2011

It is humungous in scope, if not length (95 minutes), and it is almost unique.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 08/06/2011

Moving and insightful. Not a classic by any means, but a fascinating glimpse of the way we live today.

****(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 13/06/2011

It’s remarkable how stimulating and fresh the result of Kevin Macdonald's project actually is, thanks mainly to regular jolts of human weirdness.

****(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 16/06/2011

The best way, maybe, to experience this is to simply let it wash over you.

***(*)(*)Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 16/06/2011

A bold project that has succeeded beyond the wildest expectations. User-generated cinema has arrived. What’s next?

****(*)Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies, 16/06/2011

It doesn’t linger, rarely returning to characters, but all life is here, ultimately showing both just how ordinary everyone is and just how amazing everyone is.

****(*)Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 16/06/2011

Life in a Day has its moments of brilliance – one segment is like a movie in itself – but like watching YouTube videos, a little goes a long way.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 16/06/2011

The patchwork meditation that emerges is jumpy, chaotic, banal, moving, wry, funny, frightening – the stuff of life itself.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 17/06/2011

Though this YouTube-funded global snapshot of 24 July, 2010, is rather loftily being touted as a record of the world as seen through the eyes of its inhabitants, all it really does is show how narcissistic we've become.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/06/2011

The result is entirely enjoyable, as upbeat and happy as a pop video.

Philip French, The Observer, 19/06/2011

Some sequences would stand up as mini-documentaries if you watched them on YouTube. Others are spoilt by the music's insistence on how cosmic it all is. But the pomposity is usually undercut by Macdonald's down-to-earth sense of humour.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 19/06/2011

Features about Life in a Day (12A)

Life in a Day: Around the world in 80,000 clips

Kevin Macdonald, The Guardian, 07/06/2011

A Day in the Life of Generation Youtube.

Brigit Grant, Daily Express, 12/06/2011

Kevin Macdonald on Humphrey Jennings

Daisy Bowie-Sell, The Telegraph, 16/06/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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