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After Earth (2013)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 169

After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 38

After Earth is a dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi -- and the latest setback for director M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career.



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A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any

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As drama, After Earth offers no surprises; as action, it's rarely stimulating; as a parenting manual, it seems that Will has thrown Jaden into water that's a little too deep.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Most disappointing is the film's lack of ambition, as what could have been a sparky mainstream space opera becomes just another tedious jungle chase movie.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A film in which the text and subtext-an effortlessly gifted father presses his less-talented son to follow in his footsteps-are in perfect alignment. Alas, only in one of the two does the story end happily.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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By the standards of M. Night's Shyamalan's recent films, After Earth is surprisingly not horrible.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's no classic, but it's a special movie: spectacular and wise.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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After a not very impressive crash sequence, the film settles into a running battle between young Master Smith and a series of CGI monsters, a schema that sounds tiresome, and is.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

The dialogue is as wooden as the acting, and the plot is just silly. Truly, the only thing the film has going for it are some occasionally cool special effects.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Shyamalan mostly stays out of the way, but he still makes himself known, and not in good ways.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro

The results are mixed.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Calling After Earth the worst film ever made may be overstating things, but it's a disaster zone of Chernobyl-esque proportions.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The effects are second-hand stuff from Alien and Star Trek, spliced with Shyamalan's regular homilies on Personal Growth.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

There's an extended animated sequence where atop a high hill, Kitai is surrounded by helix swells of grackles and blackbirds, and the camera turns to reveal waves and waves of burly bison. To the wonder, ho!

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

Does not enhance reputations or entrance audiences despite, or because of, pretentions to being larger than pure adventure.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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It seems proud of its predictability only because we should feel privileged to watch Will Smith and his son act in a second movie together.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Pompous, humourless tosh.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

After Earth isn't the all-out disaster some would have you believe, but it certainly isn't the win Shyamalan sorely needs at this point. What happened to the guy who made Unbreakable?

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Shyamalan's worst habits end up overwhelming the most formidable assets at his disposal: the Smiths.

August 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

As the story moves along with an almost medicating dullness, so antiseptic and square and insulated from any fun or spark or non-self-seriousness, the entire movie has that plastic-wrap feel of a hermetically-sealed Hollywood vanity project.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The thinness of the story is its greatest undoing, culminating in an anticlimax that is distinctly unsatisfying.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

...a step in the right direction for beleaguered filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan...

July 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

By any fair measure, After Earth is actually quite a nifty, pacy adventure film, even though it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who has not made a good film since his 1999 debut The Sixth Sense.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Uneven father-son post apocalyptic space adventure still a minor comeback for the director.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The dejected Will Smith is forced to inject himself with pain relief. The label warns that the drug could cause extreme drowsiness and impaired vision. One can only imagine that Will was suffering from both when he agreed to film this daft script.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: UTV

This movie... is about nobody's pleasure or deep vision. It is, instead, about positioning two actors in the power structure of the film industry.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for After Earth

Boredom, as it relates to film, occurs when the audience is unable and unwilling to care about the story. After Earth is a prime example of a boring movie. Its premise is set up in broad strokes, never giving the audience time to believe in it. It's too violent for kids and too childish for the summer crowd. Lastly, the whole film feels tailor made to turn Jaden Smith into the next big star, and based on his performance here, that is an expectation he is unable to meet and does not deserve. Even if it isn't as bad as it's been made out to be, After Earth is still instantly forgettable.
June 29, 2014

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I didn't hate this. I guess that I heard so many terrible reviews, that I was expecting a real stinker. The only weakness in this film was the quality of the animals. With today's CGI abilities, the DIRECTOR could have done a lot better in this area, especially with the big budget this film boasted. Story line, and acting were up to par. M. Shyamalan needs to give up making movies...he is poison.
March 17, 2014

Super Reviewer

Danger is real. Fear is a choice.

Not a bad movie! This was a great, entertaining, emotionally charged sci-fi flick and I enjoyed every minute of it. I admit I was caught into the M. Night hoopla and expected a twist ending but this one is just a straight forward mainstream adventure flick. One of the final scenes between father and son was near brilliant and almost brought tears to my eyes. The special effects were very well done and some of the monsters and beasts they created were epic in stature and should be looked at as being fun and well done. I guess I just don't understand the expectations people had from this. It seems that people have a real grudge against young entertainers like Jaden Smith but I am not one of them and I encourage you if you love sci-fi to watch this and simply enjoy it.

One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
February 22, 2014
Manu Gino

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There is something very nice about a Father and Son making films together that it is hard to dislike After Earth, even though it isn't very good. Will Smith grunts his way through, obviously letting his son have the limelight, a loving gesture, but unfortunately little Jaden Smith isn't ready to take on a leading role. He was good in the Karate Kid remake but this is a little too much too soon for the little mite. I could barely hear a word he was saying half the time, I can't help but think his panicked and nervous performance was more natural then it was acting. I'm sure the Smith family will treasure it forever but the rest of us will probably just forget that it exists within a couple of years.
November 22, 2013

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    1. General Cypher Raige: We are all telling ourselves a story.
    – Submitted by Amrit A (10 months ago)
    1. General Cypher Raige: Danger is very real but fear is a choice.
    – Submitted by Amrit A (10 months ago)
    1. General Cypher Raige: Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.
    – Submitted by Amrit A (10 months ago)
    1. General Cypher Raige: Do you know where we are?
    2. Kitai Raige: No, sir.
    3. General Cypher Raige: This is Earth.
    – Submitted by Nick F (11 months ago)
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