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Afterschool (2008)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 10

Antonio Campos'Afterschool is an intelligent, ambitious debut that boasts strong performances and plenty of ideas.


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

Antonio Campos'Afterschool is an intelligent, ambitious debut that boasts strong performances and plenty of ideas.



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Violence and voyeurism lurk beneath the surface of life at an exclusive prep school in this independent drama. Robert (Ezra Miller) is a high school student who has made a hobby out of dulling his senses with violent pornography that he finds on the Internet. While Robert doesn't have many friends, he does have a habit of documenting the habits of his classmates with a digital video camera, and he happens to be on hand when two girls from his class succumb to fatal drug overdoses. As the deaths



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It's both a supremely controlled exercise in form and tone and an intriguing exploration of the ways new technology intersects with age-old questions of dominance, control and individuality, particularly in the school setting.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source:
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Anthony Campos (who was 24 when he made this jolting pic) captures the numbing psychic scramble that just might cause the YouTube generation to go morally haywire. Or become filmmakers.

October 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Though thin on story, the film shows poise and vision, using bleak cinema-realite techniques with chilling effect. Campos promises to be heard from again.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Those with the patience to wait out Mr. Campos's overindulgences will definitely leave Afterschool unnerved, which is probably exactly what he had in mind.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The passing of time and the evolution of technology may give it an expiration date, but more likely, Campos' film stands to be an essential document of what it was like to be a young person in the late '00s.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
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If you've ever balked at drifty solitude or video meta-hell in the films of Gus Van Sant or Michael Haneke, this pale imitation will drive you batty.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Antonio Campos' Afterschool plays like the creepy younger brother of Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix

The film examines such relevant issues as violence in school, voyeurism, and abuse.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

When not downright creepy, it's quietly damning of an administration willing to point all the wrong fingers and play up all the wrong angles before brushing the matter aside.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

This is a little movie well worth checking out. The performances are very natural, and the themes are enticingly provocative.

November 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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Whatever happened to the analog days when kids found contentment by cramming phone booths, sitting on flagpoles or simply going steady?

October 6, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Antonio Campos's character study of a prep school social misfit named Robert (Ezra Miller) is an intimate psychological journey into a coded juvenile mindset.

October 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

Perhaps it is the intent of Afterschool, to create such a distancing effect the viewer is forced to observe, perhaps even critique these young people's experience. If this is the case, Afterschool is one long period of detention.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Campos has developed a style of his own, one that owes as much to video installations as it does to cinematic narrative.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

Deserves credit for managing to make prep school seem like the most hellish place on the planet, but is at some points hard to watch for all the wrong reasons.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source:

An intelligent, often gripping, and intriguingly autobiographical drama of paranoia.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

At heart it's another unpleasant existential crisis for another unpleasant schoolboy in another unpleasant American prep school.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

It's an intriguing scenario, but what makes the film special (if at times slightly trying) is that it's all artfully shot in an apparently artless manner.

August 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

With a lingering and often awkward style, Afterschool is ambitious but ultimately lacklustre.

August 24, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Afterschool

Well that's 100 minutes I'll never get back. I tracked down "Afterschool" because it was produced by Sean Durkin, writer/director of the spine-tingling "Martha Marcy May Marlene." But, oh my God, "Afterschool" is nothing like "Martha Marcy." My jaw hung open through most of "Martha" because it was so good. My mouth hung open through most of "Afterschool" because it was so bad.

Writer/director Antonio Campos, in his feature-film debut, brings us a mind-numbingly boring and empty story about zombie-like teenagers in an elite boarding school. I appreciate that Campos and Durkin hired actual teenagers to play the teenage characters. This is a pleasure, as most often teenage characters are played by 25-year-olds pretending to be adolescent. But this is the only thing about the project that was any good.

Campos appears to have been trying to make some kind of comment about the impact of computer-based video on 21st-century teenagers. The main character watches clips on You Tube a lot and walks around in a stupor. All his schoolmates are in a similar stupor and have meaningless sex while on drugs. These characters bear no resemblance whatsoever to the teenagers with whom I interact, who are cauldrons of emotion and energy. They may be a bit aimless, but they're far from catatonic.

The drama (if you can call it that) surrounds a drug overdose that the main character accidentally captures on video. He stands there dumbfounded as two girls choke to death in the school hallway and doesn't call for help. It's like he's watching a video, get it? Can't tell the difference between video and reality. Ugh.

We watch afterward as the well-meaning but feckless teachers and police try to figure out why the boy did nothing. But no one really "gets through to him" (as feckless adults are fond of saying). I think most You Tube videos have more interesting things to say than "Afterschool." At least they have a pulse.
November 24, 2011
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Afterschool is filmed and paced in a very simplistic manner, which might be why the film has a haunting feeling. As a director I have never heard of Antonio Campus, but this film has peaked an interest into what other films he might have directed. However, this film did leave me wanting more. With the simplistic approach subplots were touched on and never really examined or resolved. In the end this film could have been more.
November 6, 2010
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