After the Dark Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 15, 2014
A heavy-handed and manipulative work of philosophical fiction featuring strong performances, but a troubled narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist
February 8, 2014
Philosophical thriller After The Dark collapses under a nifty concept.
Full Review | Original Score: D
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 7, 2014
A thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Pity it derails itself.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
February 6, 2014
Both smugly clever and at times distastefully clueless.
Louis Proyect
February 6, 2014
A thought experiment about who gets picked to survive a nuclear Armageddon. Intelligent dialog about utilitarian ethical choices.
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
February 6, 2014
Movies that privilege ideas over action are rare enough that it's hard not to wish them well, and After the Dark gets off to a good start...But its surprise ending isn't quite as surprising as it ought to be
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2014
An unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply.
Brian Orndorf
February 6, 2014
Doesn't end convincingly, but the opening two acts are stimulating enough to carry the viewing experience, capturing the cutthroat nature of endurance and the brutal reality of judgment in desperate times.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 6, 2014
This ambitious teen-oriented fantasy is like taking a university philosophy course in The Twilight Zone.
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
February 6, 2014
A shaggy dog story but an intriguing and frequently beautiful one.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 6, 2014
This is a flawed film, but it's also one that's not completely without merit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
February 4, 2014
After The Dark is a smart, witty, and thoughtful thriller that offers a fresh take on the apocalypse genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Knight
National Post
January 23, 2014
Mildly thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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