The Day After Tomorrow didn't necessarily convince audiences that it was a good movie, but it did convince them to pay attention to climate change. The 2004 Roland Emmerich film stars Dennis Quaid as a climate scientist who has to save his son from a crazy, climate change-induced storm that brings on a new Ice Age. It only has a 45 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with many critics finding it ridiculous and cliché, but it was hugely popular, making almost half a billion dollars.
According to a study by Yale researchers, the movie "had a significant impact on the climate change risk perceptions, conceptual models, behavioral intentions, policy priorities, and even voting intentions of moviegoers." Basically, the movie stuck with people. It made them care more about climate change, to think more about how their actions affect the environment, and even to vote for candidates whose views aligned with their heightened concerns.
This impact didn't, however, extend to New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane, who called it "irretrievably poor: a shambles of dud writing and dramatic inconsequence which left me determined to double my consumption of fossil fuels."