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Knight and Day: Early Reviews Are Mixed

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2010 at 6:12AM

I find myself rooting for James Mangold's Knight and Day, which functions better as a breezy summer popcorn rom-com than an action-packed chase movie, as Justin Chang of Variety points out:
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I find myself rooting for James Mangold's Knight and Day, which functions better as a breezy summer popcorn rom-com than an action-packed chase movie, as Justin Chang of Variety points out:

The locations change as often as the outfits in "Knight and Day," a high-energy, low-impact caper-comedy that labors to bring a measure of wit, romance and glamour to an overworked spy-thriller template. Busy when it should be fizzy, and rather too fond of using a barrage of bullets or sudden blackout to cut short its so-so comic banter, this inelegant contraption still delivers the requisite eyeful, mostly by way of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Even with star power no longer a B.O. guarantee, the Fox release should lure audiences seeking a midsummer escape; fittingly, prospects look best overseas.


I want the movie to succeed because the studios need evidence that it is possible to sell an original movie, after all. They need to be reminded that taking chances (god, have we come to casting Cruise and Diaz in a summer action comedy as a risky move?) are worth doing. On Friday on the Fox lot, I ran into Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman speed-walking to the commissary. He basically said he was crossing his fingers that word-of-mouth could sell an original. Well, it worked on Avatar. The LAT picked up my story announcing Saturday sneak previews before the Wednesday June 23 opening--without any credit, of course.

Here's The Hollywood Reporter:

Bottom Line: Logic and plausibility take a holiday in this nonstop actioner that counts on stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz to sell the nonsense.

I suspect the movie plays better for women than men, actually. Here's a female response. And 77% of Flixster users want to see it. Cruise and Diaz interview each other on this promo featurette.

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Reviews, Summer Movies, Summer, Action, Romance, Tom Cruise, Twentieth Century Fox


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.