A catastrophe worth noting only for the presence of its name cast.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
A by-the-numbers thriller that often looks as murky as its plot.
—Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times
"The Cold Light of Day" is a product-placement travelogue in search of a coherent thriller. A poor imitation of the best "Bourne" films, it's confusing, illogical, with plot lapses and continuity blunders.
—Roger Moore The Seattle Times
"A box office disaster with perhaps the most uncharismatic action hero of the decade in a preposterous thriller where the only thing more disappointing than the ending is the 93 minutes it takes to get there."
—http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=2516 Reel Views
Cavill is no substitute for Van Damme, whose self-critical performance gave the earlier movie much of its heft.
—Ben Sachs Chicago Reader