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A Perfect Day


Film about a group of aid workers trying to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone in the Balkans.

Actors: Benicio Del Toro , Fedja Stukan , Mélanie Thierry , Tim Robbins , Olga Kurylenko
Directors: Fernando León de Aranoa
Country: SPAIN
Release: 2016-01-15
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  • Richard Roeper

    With an eclectic soundtrack that features...well-timed editing and crisp cinematography — and of course that terrific cast led by the great Del Toro — A Perfect Day is a rough-edged gem.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Director de Aranoa keeps things moving, though, with a firm sense of pace and a rough, punk-edged soundtrack.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The characters in A Perfect Day don’t get to indulge in much eccentricity because they’re too busy banging their wills against bureaucratic idiocy. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This wonderful little film, directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and set “somewhere in the Balkans” in 1996, is extremely witty and light on its feet, yet it manages to be thoughtful, even philosophical, in an absurdist way, about the roots of human conflict.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    A Perfect Day is a wry salute to the hard-drinking, eye-rolling aid workers of the world, men and women whose high ideals get crushed by global bureaucracy and local recalcitrance.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lee Marshall

    The humanity of the enterprise, hovering between sympathy and ironic detachment, keeps the script on course, delivering a story that for all its motley-band-of-brothers clichés feels as authentic as many more pious takes on the Bosnian conflict.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Del Toro’s low-key resignation gives the film what power it has, but the female characters (played by Mélanie Thierry and Olga Kurylenko) are disappointingly thin.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    On a moment-to-moment basis, A Perfect Day is reasonably engaging, mostly because of its novel milieu—there haven’t been many films about foreign aid workers, and Farías clearly amassed a wealth of anecdotes during her time with DWB. Trouble is, it plays like a collection of anecdotes.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The ironically titled A Perfect Day isn’t entirely successful, but Del Toro is wonderful and there are many well-judged moments, some involving a 9-year-old (Eldar Residovic) whose return to his home underlines the tragedies of this particular conflict.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    The film finally seems conspicuously at odds with itself, neither funny nor impassioned enough to pass as an accomplished vision of transnational welfare.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    So acclimatized are we to action flicks, and to onscreen conflicts teeming with soldiers, that it’s refreshing to find a film that concentrates on hanging back and reversing out of harm’s way.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    Inconsistency is A Perfect Day’s biggest problem. The script is scalpel sharp in some places, flabby as the well-blocker in others.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • David Rooney

    While it's uneven, A Perfect Day builds to a nice melancholy conclusion. It underscores with gentle strokes the frustration and disillusionment of self-sacrificing workers confronted on a daily basis with feelings of futility in the face of corruption and compromise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    When the film gets going, it’s hard not to be bustled along with it, thanks mostly to León de Aranoa’s talent for punchy comic dialogue – doubly impressive, given this is his first English-language picture – and the plot’s habit of thwarting your expectations as to where the most morally upstanding course of action might lead.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    By the end, thanks to Leon de Aranoa’s steady direction and the actors’ slow-building character work, “A Perfect Day” manages to coalesce into a reasonably tough-minded, compassionate vision of the difficulties and rewards of trying to do the right thing in an intractable situation, though the film has to overcome more than a few flat, indolent stretches to get there.

    Variety Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A serviceable, watchable movie.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    The humor is there on paper, but it ends up emptily quippy and gag-filled rather deriving the jokes from situations and character, and only one in three end up landing, mostly thanks to Robbins.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    It suffers from a marked lack of narrative energy and a regrettable surfeit of clichéd characterization.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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