People react to the end of the world.
" Dafoe, with his angular, ever-watchable Edvard Munch features, plays well off the impish Leigh, but sadly, they have little to do besides a "Last Tango at Armageddon" riff, albeit with a genuinely moving finale. "
" Your last day - or, as it happens, the whole planet's last day - will be just like every other one. Mr. Ferrara makes this point with ingenuity and characteristic thrift by using found news footage to provide images of apocalypse. "
" The film lacks any serious attempt to grapple with mortality. "
" If the end of the world was just hours away, would New Yorkers still be able to get takeout? Yes, if Abel Ferrara's mind-bending "4:44 Last Day on Earth'' is any indication. "
" Ferrara's thin idea for a movie - life goes on, even when it's about to stop - would have been a lot better had he given his characters more to do. "
" Ferrara movingly celebrates connection, cooking life down to just its barest essence: a man, a woman and a need. "
" Rehashing old arguments in the hours before certain death is a tedious waste of time - theirs, and ours. "
" Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well). "
" It's both chamber drama and experimental found-footage film, relying heavily on appropriated media to provide context and subtext to its disaster fiction. "
" This is pretty standard not-with-a-bang-but-with-a-whimper-punctuated-by-an-occasional-blowup stuff. "
" Though it gains traction toward the end, viewers may finally feel puzzled or indifferent. You expect a bit more from the end of the world. "
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