Parents' Guide to

A Day to Die

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Poorly made action movie has drug dealers, bloody violence.

Movie R 2022 105 minutes
A Day to Die Movie: Poster

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

Sometimes Willis' low-budget action movies have quirky little touches that distract from their awfulness, but this one has none; it's as lazy, nonsensical, and junky-looking as they come. A Day to Die starts with one of the movie's most baffling sequences, in which the so-called heroes blow up a high school with innocent victims inside. Not only does it not make sense story-wise, but the sequence is hard to follow on a technical level. The cinematography, here and throughout the rest of the movie, is garish and wildly jerky, and the editing is so inept as to be confusing. Random images pop up at jarring, inappropriate times.

The writing doesn't get better either. An attempt to discuss how drugs and racism relate to American history feels wedged in and ineffective. Characters' decisions make no sense, and things like a "heist montage," in which a character narrates just how the team is going to break in and steal the money, is dropped in favor of a dull, messy shoot-out. Willis sleepwalks through another performance, and the others don't fare much better. Dillon is miscast. He's 23 years older than his on-screen wife, and their pairing is squirm-inducing (they call each other "baby" dozens upon dozens of times). Even Leon's Pettis, who sports a stylish wardrobe and thinks he's using his drug money to uplift his community, is flatly dull. The only thing A Day to Die manages to kill is two hours of your life.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate