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“Knight and Day” reviews, just like night and day

June 24, 2010

CruisePerhaps it is the perfect title for a film. “Knight and Day,” the new action adventure movie starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, hit movie theater screens on Wednesday to mixed reviews, with some critics loving it, some hating it. On, which aggregates reviews and scores films, “Knight and Day” received a 53 percent positive rating with 54 of 101 reviews liking the film and 47 finding it not to their favor.

Writing in The New York Times, veteran critic A.O. Scott says “Knight and Day” “consists of one over-the-top, overblown blowup session after another — not one showing a scrap of wit — arranged in unvarying, hysterical rhythm.” Another long-time reviewer, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, says: “It’s hardly a perfect film, not even close, but it is the most entertaining, made-for-adults studio movie of the summer, and one of the reasons it works at all is the great skill and commitment Cruise brings.”

For Cruise, the mixed-to-positive reviews like Turan’s must come as good news. Cruise has been on something of a damage control adventure in his career since jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s TV couch in 2005, proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes and later talking up the merits of his Scientology beliefs in combative TV interviews. His movies, such as “Lions for Lambs” and “Valkyrie” have stumbled at box offices, and “Knight and Day” was hyped in the media as Cruise returning to what he does best — action.

So, it appears that for some, Cruise has returned to old form. For others, he still has a tough time picking a good script.  But what about for you, Fan Fare readers. Tom Cruise: love him or leave him?


this was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. either be serious or be funny, but it was neither. It completely missed at being campy. It was neither Austin Powers nor was it Bourne. It was a bad 70′s James bond movie, but much worse. there was no chemistry between the stars. Cameron Diaz was/is awful, the directing was horrible and tom cruise was a wooden indian. Tried to be romancing the stone but was niether funny, campy or serious. tom, get a new agent. cameron, go get a flight attendant job.

I am insulted at paying anything to watch this movie. my girlfriend fell asleep, it was so bad.

Posted by fastednj | Report as abusive

This movie is a well done acton movie. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz showed thier many and excellent tallents. We have watched this movie several times on DVD and never have tired of it’s action filled moments. The romance and heart felt sincerity portrayed by Tom and particularly Camron make this film one we will watch again and again. –a great movie to watch over and over!

Posted by Tg-Spokane | Report as abusive

WHAT the french toast?…are you kidding me? This show was so entertaining on so many levels. If you didnt see the chemistry between Tom and Diaz you might want to give it up. This show as wasn’t a serious deep movie, rather it was made to entertain you. The story was very well thought out and had some very creative moments. Compared to like “Salt” this movie was hands down a ten and more realistic that that crap. This was a super dooper good movie that again is simply entertaining on all levels and i give it a two thumbs up all the way….i dont watch too many movies more than once but i have watched this several times and just love it…NOT ONE PERSON HAS SAID IT WASNT A GOOD MOVIE..gets great reviews and we know our flicks …not sure what fastednj is talking about in the post above because he needs to take a quiz thats for sure….can’t help it if people don’t have an eye for creativity and a well thought out story that was played perfect…Knight and day is the type of movie we need to see more….i mean ya it has its light hearted moments but at least to me thats more entertaining than seeing A. Jolee in Salt just lightly punch a full grown man and the man just crumbles or is knocked fakey….at least Tom and Cameron kept it REAL….

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