After Earth Reviews

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Dave White
Movies.com
June 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 17, 2013
It is ironic that a film about a son following the legacy of his father has seen the Smith family shoot themselves in the foot in their second outing as a collective.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
June 16, 2013
Part Scientology tool, part extremely ill-conceived familial gift (wouldn't it be better to let your kid go to school than ask him to endure endless takes in a greenscreen studio?) and part blatant money-making attempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
June 14, 2013
Stay home. Paint something. Watch it dry. It'll be more rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
June 14, 2013
Shyamalan mashes up the man-vs-nature journey with some post-apocalyptic sci-fi stuff, and neither manages to hold audience interest.
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
June 13, 2013
Visually impressive but sadly incredulous, "After Earth" is only redeemed by the performances of the Smith family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
June 13, 2013
At least it's a step-up on The Happening and The Last Airbender. Compared to those, After Earth looks like Citizen Kane. But that's not saying much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
June 13, 2013
It made me believe I'd been transported to a Hollywood studio backlot, where Smith family movies are made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
June 13, 2013
It makes Oblivion look like 2001 in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 13, 2013
At its core, the movie is a formulaic coming-of-age story about a precocious son trying to prove his worth to his overbearing absentee father, as well as a predictable tale of wilderness survival against the odds.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
June 12, 2013
If you're going to engage the audience, you need someone who is strong and charismatic. Jaden Smith is not that.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 12, 2013
Less exciting or engaging than an old fashioned adventure and filled with wooden dialogue a father wouldn't (or shouldn't) use with his 13 year old son, After Earth is stodgy and rather meaningless
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 12, 2013
Even the charismatic Will, given the restraints of his robotic character, cannot save his son - or the film. It's a sci-fi thriller, a father-son relationship film, a coming of age story and creature feature all rolled into one confusing package
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
June 11, 2013
a disappointing two-handed, hostile-planet adventure, that relies far too heavily on the acting ability of Jaden Smith, co-staring with father Will
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
June 10, 2013
Torço apenas para que Shyamalan anuncie sua aposentadoria e, com isso, se poupe de mais embaraços e pare de destruir seu já frágil legado.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 10, 2013
Clearly a vanity project, Smith perhaps imagines this plot device will signify to the world that he's ready to pass the action hero mantle on to his son, but it takes more than nepotism to make a movie star.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
June 9, 2013
It's dull stuff, indifferently staged, with heavy-handed references to Moby-Dick.
Steve Neish
HeyUGuys
June 9, 2013
Ultimately, the film is an ill-conceived and poorly executed star vehicle that doesn't possess the creativity or filmmaking prowess necessary to turn it into anything more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 9, 2013
"I wanna work with Mom," says Jaden at the close. It's not just his on screen Dad he's talking to.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 8, 2013
The cinema posters have been bearing down on us for months - but now that this dreary, near-lifeless, suffocating excuse for a film is on the silver screen, few will be able to spot the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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