Wand‚furu raifu (After Life) Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 6, 2014
To its own amateur band, this film's whimsical dance of death zeroes in on what is wonderful in life and the people who live it and, in death, stay on in memory.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 25, 2012
The film's strength lies in the way these interviews inevitably trigger our own thoughts on the matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 11, 2012
An affecting and unpredictable film that lingers on one's mind long after viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
How people remember, how they fictionalize their memories, and the nature of memory itself are all part of the fascination of After Life.
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Alan Dale
March 8, 2005
When his instincts are just right Kore-eda has both the perfect technique and the perfect touch for suggesting (without explicitly defining) the immanence of human experience.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 1, 2005
With its meditative, humanistic tone, After Life is the cinematic reminiscence of limbo itself, this transitional space of contemplation and nostalgia.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 19, 2004
This is a very special movie, unlike anything I've seen in a long time.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 12, 2003
A true oxymoron, at once endlessly fascinating and terminally dull.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2002
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 1, 2000
An exquisite film about the after-life experience that lingers in the mind and in the senses for many days.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 12, 2012
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Derek Elley
November 5, 2008
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 14, 2005
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound
March 3, 2002
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
January 1, 2000
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000
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