'Knight and Day' Critic Reviews

83%
MovieWeb:   15 reviews
52%
Rotten Tomatoes:   221 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    At least they're not Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher in Killers.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    A loud, seemingly interminable, and altogether incoherent entry in the preposterous and proliferating "action-comedy" genre.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It's not bad DVD entertainment, but as a big summer movie, it's a bit of a washout.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a quintessential movie hybrid: a romantic thriller with exciting high-speed chases, brisk comedy and exotic scenery.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    It's both straight-faced spy film and sly spy spoof. That's a difficult balancing act, but director James Mangold exactly right.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    The movie's a piece of high-octane summer piffle: stylish, funny, brainless without being too obnoxious about it, and Cruise is its manic animating principle.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    Patrick O'Neill's script is so convinced of its own cleverness, you'll be halfway through before you wonder if you're missing something. You're not.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Knight and Day woke me up to just how awful some summer entertainments have become. It isn't that the film is harmful, except to moviegoers' wallets and movie lovers' morale, but that it is truly phenomenal for the purity of its incoherence.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    70
    Cruise and Diaz are both easy to look at and they work well together.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Give in to the ridiculousness, and Knight and Day is frisky fun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    The movie... get(s) saved by the surprising charm and easy rapport generated by Cruise and Diaz as an odd couple bouncing from one exotic locale to another...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Jumpy, unmotivated, and senseless.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The wonder is that Cruise and Diaz are effective enough in their roles that they're not overwhelmed by all the commotion surrounding them.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    A director and a couple of movie stars, however, can go only so far on fumes.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Cruise and Diaz have worked together before, but this is their first summer-movie pairing, and their star qualities are so similar that together, instead of romantic chemistry they generate a sort of giddy, blinding falseness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    The locales are luxe, the banter witty, the bullets fly.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Cruise and Diaz share one indifferent smooch. They come off less like potential lovers than amiable traveling companions.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Knight and Day is ultimately too relentlessly silly for its own good.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Mangold, working from a script by Patrick O'Neill, accelerates events in a way that is either a perfect representation of how current action films are made or a demonstration of everything that's wrong with movies today. Maybe it's both.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    A high-energy, low-impact caper-comedy that labors to bring a measure of wit, romance and glamour to an overworked spy-thriller template.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    One of those movies that requires you to accept that every single time a character is presented with a choice, he or she will make the worst and most inexplicable one.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    63
    Actor turned screenwriter Patrick O'Neill should thank his lucky stars -- both of them -- that Cruise and Diaz signed on for this. They have two of the most infectious grins in the business and their good humor puts this over.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie is based in America, but travels to Spain and Austria, locations that were evidently chosen for tax considerations and not for any serious filmmaking intent.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    What drags Knight and Day back to Earth is the reluctance to fully commit to the zaniness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    A little more time developing why these strangers come to care for each other might have helped, and ultimately, it's a failure of script more than performances.
    Full Review » 4 years ago