Daylight (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes


Daylight (1996)



Critic Consensus: The opening's got a great fiery explosion and Stallone puts in another earnest, sympathetic performance, but all else in Daylight feels designed to annoy the audience into submission.

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In this disaster/adventure film, a truck containing dangerous chemicals explodes in the Holland Tunnel, trapping those New Yorkers not killed in the explosion. It is up to a former city Emergency Medical Services director, who knows the tunnel's construction quirks, to save the survivors.

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Amy Brenneman
as Madelyne Thompson
Dan Hedaya
as Frank Kraft
Jay O. Sanders
as Steve Crighton
Karen Young
as Sarah Crighton
Claire Bloom
as Eleanor Trilling
Stan Shaw
as George
Colin Fox
as Roger Trilling
Danielle Harris
as Ashley Crighton
Barry Newman
as Norman Basset
Mark Rolston
as Chief Dennis Wilson
Rosemary Forsyth
as Ms. London
Wang Luoyong
as Gem Dealer
Lee Oakes
as Grunge
Sakina Jaffrey
as Ms. Doctor
Albert Macklin
as Mr. Doctor
Tony Munafo
as Cannister Truck Driver
Joseph Ragno
as Dispatcher
Harold Bradley
as Police Chief
Stephen Nalewicki
as TB Marketing Executive
John Lees
as Jonno
Lenore Lohman
as Young Woman
Penny Crone
as Reporter
as Reporter
Ed Wheeler
as Reporter
Dan Daily
as Reporter
Stephen James
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Daylight

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (12)

A lower-echelon disaster thriller, in which the best character is knocked off early on and the leading man runs out of ideas with a third of the picture still to go.

March 27, 2009

Cohen keeps the vehicle cruising in fourth gear, hoping the audience won't get too impatient with the familiar scenery. Big, efficient, mindless entertainment.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

It will seem suspenseful only to those who wonder whether Mr. Stallone can get the dog out alive.

May 20, 2003

A standard- issue disaster film that borrows conspicuously from both "Poseidon" and "The Towering Inferno."

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Daylight" is persuasive in its action moments but puny in terms of character and dialogue. Anyone who expected anything else is probably in the wrong theater.

February 14, 2001 | Full Review…

Though the explosion that seals off New York and New Jersey will have even curious theater concession stand crews bolting their posts, the characterizations are strictly low-cal.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
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Audience Reviews for Daylight

Take 'The Poseidon Adventure' and simply place the whole idea underground in a tunnel and you have the film 'Daylight'. This film has everything you would expect from your typical disaster film. The film starts by slowly building the characters one by one, giving them each reasons why they all end up using Holland Tunnel, whilst at the same time another sub plot sets up the reason for the disaster. The reason for the outrageous incident is merely a car chase that causes a major crash into some toxic waste trucks...yeah so kinda lame then. All the survivors are the perfect line up of cliched stereotypical types which enables you to know who will live or die straight away. The setups for each type of character are all so obvious too...convicts and a cop, the old man, the panicky women and the one calm one etc... You have a mouthy young black man who's also a touchy convict (gee I wonder if he lives?), a frail old white guy, screaming panicky women, the suit wearing business man, a wannabe hero, some other young convicts including Stallone's son, a cop and a tunnel worker. So you have one or two folk who are trapped there conveniently so all hope is not lost straight away eg. tunnel worker and cop. Most are obvious fodder for the collapsing/flooding/flaming tunnel. What disaster film would be complete without the obligatory animal within the death and destruction?. Well this film doesn't let you softies off as there is (as usual) a dog involved which ALWAYS gets the viewers upset. Such an easy way to get the emotions running when the little doggie is in peril, its cliched, predictable and cheesy as hell but it never fails to work. So into the fray leaps Stallone who has nothing to do with anything but just turns up and decides to save the day single handily against all recommendations from everyone. Oh wait, he used to be a chief medical something or other, meh...its Stallone, doesn't need a reason. Despite the heavy grilled cheese the film does actually look really sound. All the effects/stunts look great and don't look seem to use too much CGI, bluescreen is evident and obvious but its not that bad. The initial disaster that sparks a chain reaction of events and a huge fireball is pretty impressive I must say, some good model work in there I think also. From there on the whole film constantly looks impressive with great sets that really give a good impression of a crumbling death trap with plenty of water, fire, rubble, metal debris and sparking electrics into the brew. So yes the entire thing is one huge melted cheese sandwich which we've all seen before and know off by heart. You could say if you've seen one disaster film you've seen them all. Certainly this is very obvious stuff but its still quite enjoyable to watch mainly because it all looks really good. The tunnel setting is also quite original methinks.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Overwought and thinly sketched disaster flick but buoyed by a cast that delivers better than decent performances. Stallone, Mortensen, and Bloom are standouts.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A pretty terrible movie for such a decent cast. It reminds me of The Poseidon Adventure for some reason.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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