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After the Sunset (2004)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 32

A slick but bland thriller.



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In this caper movie from director Brett Ratner, two brilliant criminals are lured out of retirement...or are they? Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) is a master jewel thief who, with the help of his accomplice and lover Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek), has stolen two of the three Napoleon diamonds, among the most valuable gems on Earth. Stanley Lloyd (Woody Harrelson) is an FBI agent who has been on Burdett's trail for years and is especially eager to bring him to justice after a humiliating incident in


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Craig Rosenberg, Paul Zbyszewski

Mar 29, 2005


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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (114) | DVD (23)

Audiences seeking mild diversion might prefer approaching it as Lola does her new surroundings: 'The challenge is to find joy in simple things'.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A deliberately mindless action comedy that invites us to lose ourselves, without any PC guilt, in its hedonistic enticements.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A movie utterly devoid of wit , excitement and any reason for being.

November 18, 2004
Rolling Stone
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Shot in the Bahamas with lots of plugs for the Atlantis resort, After the Sunset looks great but is the cinematic equivalent of empty calories.

November 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The film is thin, insipid and unconvincing except when it argues for Salma Hayek's beauty.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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One of the most lackadaisical Hollywood projects of the year.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Unappealing characters and a dumb story. Skip it.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...a fluffy time-killer.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The mix of thievery intrigue, humor, exotic slacking and animal attraction are a classy recipe for stealing audience affections.

March 23, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

After the Sunset is the sort of movie that may not find its ideal audience until channel-surfing insomniacs discover it late some evening, long, long after sunset indeed.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

As guilty pleasures go, this is as good as three rum punches on a hot afternoon at a beach bar. It won't do you any good, but hey, it's a lot of fun.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Behind the curve.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

The dialogue mimics the terseness [of Elmore Leonard's work] without the snap or humor. Almost every word sounds recycled from another movie.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Folks who like these actors will probably have fun with the film. Just don't go in with high expectations, as the script and direction are merely average.

April 8, 2005

Beautiful to look at (particularly any scene containing Salma Hayek) and has a zippy energy, but there's nothing going on underneath its attractive surface.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

What you get with this film is an unoriginal concept using the backdrop of a resort to lure us to see a heist film where our time is only thing that was stolen.

January 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

Like a holiday page-turner, there's nothing terribly profound in this heist movie cum-comedy, but the characters are likeable and it's easy on the eye.

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

That's when most of us sleep.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source:

They forgot the "r" in "caper"

December 17, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Devoid of a clever script and truly charismatic chemistry, it plays out as one big, glossy yawn.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

All polish trying to cover up an unsanded surface.

December 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

...[a] hollow heist flick. Alas, After the Sunset maintains having the trivial tension of a fifth grade spelling bee contest. Repeat after me...Paradise Lost.

November 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Spends so much time down Selma Hayek's shirt fronts that we come away suffocated.

November 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

Every bit as easygoing as its tropical island setting, and every bit as uninspired and uninspiring. Its pleasantness is its undoing.

November 21, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Light-hearted, enjoyable caper flick that gets good mileage from both its stunning locations and its equally stunning cast.

November 20, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for After the Sunset

Well although not rated in the highest aspect at all i still thought this was an okay and watchable movie, even if its just a simple movie to watch on a late sunday evening whilst pottering about!
March 23, 2012
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Almost a little similar to the character that Brosnan played in The Thomas Crown Affair, yet a good relationship developed with Woody Harrelson, easy watching, no brainer
December 10, 2010

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After The Sunset is another example of what James Bond does when he retires.Sometimes he becomes Harrison Ford's dad. Sometimes he ends up in The Spice Girls Movie or Boat Trip (+1). Occasionally he ends up being in films co starring The Nanny or Daffy Duck. Or you end up being George Lazenby. So welcome, Pierce, to the pasture that holds all of the former 007's. You'll never live it down (unless you're Scottish).

The film is about a jewel thief (Brosnon) who commits his last heist with his girl (Salma Hayek) so that he can retire to the Bahamas. Of course, we know it won't be his last heist because there's still an hour and a half left in the film. The couple are living the good life to its dullest until the FBI man he ruined (Woody Harrelson) shows up to harass our thief over a cruise ship docked on the island that holds yet another huge, unsellable diamond.

To make a long story short. Sure, the film is way over the top with most of the characters having telekinetic powers. It's like a criminal X-Men because they can plan each others moves like clockwork. The script is ridiculous and knows it. That's what's OK about this film. it knows its borderline crap and goes with it. There isn't much action involved with Brosnon making Harrelson look like a horses ass throughout the film, but it's acceptable because it won't really bore you. And it's better than Mamma Mia.
November 21, 2009

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