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After.Life (2010)

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26

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 39

It has an interesting premise and admirable ambitions, but After.Life fails to deliver enough twists or thrills to sustain its creepy atmosphere.

14

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 19

It has an interesting premise and admirable ambitions, but After.Life fails to deliver enough twists or thrills to sustain its creepy atmosphere.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 14,182

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Young couple Paul (Justin Long) and Anna (Christina Ricci) are toying with the prospect of marriage when they have a chance encounter with Eliot (Liam Neeson), a mysterious undertaker who claims he can speak with the dead. When Anna becomes caught in the otherworldly realm between life and death, she risks being buried alive. Will Eliot help her, or is he being driven by darker motivations? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Aug 3, 2010

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (39) | DVD (9)

Thematic rigor mortis sets in long before the final reel.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It dresses up boilerplate horror in a classy shell, yet never gives it the pulse it needs.

July 17, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
NPR
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A stylish piece of horror-movie hokum.

July 6, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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It's too dull for grown-ups and too nightmarish for children. It makes Nip/Tuck look like a Mel Brooks musical.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
New York Observer
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Best of all is Neeson, who is nicely creepy. Whether he's genuinely gifted or knuckle-chewing insane, he's not the kind of guy you'd want to spend time with, either way.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Ms. Wojtowicz-Vosloo seems to have spent too much time trying to make an art-house chiller instead of an effective film.

April 9, 2010
New York Times
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You should just go see it for yourself. Unless you shouldn't.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Despite the meandering pace, and lack of fearsome thrills, After.Life is a chilling fairytale that grabs you and takes you on a strangely hypnotic ride.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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There is too much reliance on one character's word against another which leads the audience back and forth over the truth.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comment (1)

takes its ambiguities all the way to the grave - and beyond.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

makes you think too much about what it's doing, rather than what it's about, thus drawing you away from the deeper philosophical questions of life and death at its core

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Born again Ricci haunts a mortuary, while perfecting post-mortem freaky in the nude. This may or may not be your cup of embalming fluid, whether intriguing those with unconventional viewing preferences, or seriously creeping you out.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

Confusing chiller explores death; too dark for teens.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Has some first-timer flaws but avoids 'cheesy horror movie' status by serious tapping into the vein Poe mined for premature burial.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

An atmospheric effort curious enough to intrigue both hardcore horror fans and those simply looking for a good thriller.

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Plays like a snooty, deliberately obtuse version of Saw.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

I have seen my share of cheapie horror flicks that invariably end with the CARNIVAL OF SOULS twist...[Wojtowicz-Vosloo] knows you know this stuff, and offers it up as a possibility right off the bat.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: LYTRules.com
LYTRules.com

Sporadically creepy, stylish and initially suspenseful, but ultimately unimaginative, asinine and deficient in clever surprises and palpable thrills.

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

a distasteful exercise in the proper disposition of the deceased during funeral preparations with less blood in it than the corpses that populate it

April 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Killer Movie Reviews

Doesn't really work either as a scary movie or as a food-for-thought cautionary tale.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Almost imperceptibly, the 'is she alive or dead' equation takes over the entire affair.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

Audience Reviews for After.Life

After.Life is a well constructed supernatural horror film that is very original in its idea. The strength of the film lies with Liam Neeson's powerful performance as Mortician Eliot Deacon who has a gift of talking to the dead. I thought that the film was a breath of fresh air in the genre, and it was different considering all the remakes. With great direction from Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, After.Life is a creepy horror films that should appeal to fans of the genre. With a great cast at hand, Vosloo delivers a unique and different film that is very much underrated. The mix of the supernatural and surreal elements helps create a terrific film that is definitely worth watching. What made this film really good was that it relied on atmosphere rather than shocks to create its horror, and it works very well. There's a very well thought out plot that will keep you guessing from start to finish and though it has its imperfections, this is a better film than what most critics have written about it. In other words, this is not a work that should be easily dismissed. A few elements could have been reworked; nonetheless it is an effective chiller that displays a very creepy and effective Liam Neeson which makes up for the film's flaws. If you love something different in the horror genre, give this film a shot, this is a work that is engaging, well directed and has some good performances. However, like I stated previously, Neeson is the one that makes this such a thrilling and eerie viewing experience. After.Life may be imperfect, but it's certainly better than most horror films that come out nowadays.As a low-budget film, this is one that is very well done and should satisfy any fan of the genre.
September 19, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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well athough i liked the idea it truly was confusing and you still dont get it wrapped up towards the end.
April 1, 2011
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Film Crazy

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If I sat down and seriously wrote about this film it would inevitably be a commentary laden with spoilers. About the only thing I can say is that, even when she's naked, my eyes are forever drawn to Christina Ricci's forehead.
March 6, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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Meh. Interesting idea, but not really sure what was happening. I think she was dead, but how can she move stuff around (i.e. break stuff). If it wasn't for Christina Ricci, not sure I would have made it through.
January 27, 2011
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Curtis Lilly

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    1. Anna: I just wanted to be loved.
    – Submitted by Walker C (3 years ago)
    1. Eliot Deacon: I thought you were different. You all say you're scared of death, but the truth is you're more scared of life.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Eliot Deacon: You have to look beautiful for your funeral. This is how they are all going to remember you.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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