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Hereafter (2010)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 217
Fresh: 100 | Rotten: 117

Despite a thought-provoking premise and Clint Eastwood's typical flair as director, Hereafter fails to generate much compelling drama, straddling the line between poignant sentimentality and hokey tedium.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 17

Despite a thought-provoking premise and Clint Eastwood's typical flair as director, Hereafter fails to generate much compelling drama, straddling the line between poignant sentimentality and hokey tedium.



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Director Clint Eastwood delves into the mysterious world of the hereafter with this ensemble supernatural drama starring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, Jay Mohr, and Bryce Dallas Howard. In the wake of a near-death experience during a powerful tsunami, French television reporter Marie (De France) takes her married lover's advice to pen the political book she has always talked about writing. As hard as Marie tries to stay focused on the task at hand, however, she repeatedly finds her attention


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

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Mar 15, 2011


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All Critics (218) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (100) | Rotten (117) | DVD (11)

The result may not plumb Shyamalanian awfulness, but if you did get to the afterlife you'd hope they weren't playing this movie.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film is a deeply compassionate, decidedly secular and somewhat plodding meditation on what matters now and what lies beyond this life.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Eastwood and Morgan skillfully and slowly unveil each character's struggles and then send them on their way to inevitable encounters with one another.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The last 30 minutes of the film hint at what it might have been if someone had whipped that script into shape; the idea of exploring experiences of the afterlife was a great one, and Eastwood certainly has the vision to pull it off.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Though I found Hereafter meandering and occasionally sentimental, I couldn't help but admire Clint Eastwood's ambition in taking on-headfirst-the greatest fact of human existence.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate
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I realize it's bad manners to be flip about a movie that emblazons its heart on its sleeve. But Hereafter, soggy with portentous uplift, invites that response.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Eastwood fails to infuse any moments of suspense or heart into the story and when all is said and done, Hereafter is an anticlimactic, sleepy and momentum-less mess of a film.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This movie isn't about anything. This emperor is wearing no clothes.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

Clint Eastwood's late life/late career fascination with mortality, death and grieving devolves, at long last, into a cheap parlor trick in Hereafter.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Superficially satisfying but oftentimes disappointing, "Hereafter" focuses on three major stories, one of which works far better than the other two.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

A terrific, albeit dreary, character drama that directly addresses one of humanity's most enduring mysteries.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Before long, the afterlife starts to sound pretty damn appealing.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

Thankfully, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Just don't expect any grand revelations before the curtain falls.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

...The filmmakers choose a period setting for their film, then dispense with it part way into the story, once it's become a hindrance to the interests of the corporate sponsors...

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray engaging, sporadically enthralling drama that ranks as one of Eastwood's better efforts as of late.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Earnestly heartfelt all the way, this movie goes bonkers right out of the gate and doesn't let up until the final shot of Damon having a vision of his own future, so don't worry if you find yourself giggling.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Hereafter can't quite make up its mind what it is exactly about, resulting in a film that builds and builds and builds ... to nothing.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source:

A powerful, intoxicating spiritual drama with a swift, delicate emotional core and fascinating characters.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD honest attempt to explore the single greatest mystery of life...with intelligence, open-mindedness, understanding, and compassion.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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full review at Movies for the Masses

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

All in all, a disappointment from Mr Eastwood.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Dull and unmoving, Hereafter offers little more than cop out resolutions to its supernatural themes, and a lack of testicular fortitude in its refusal to utter the words "Heaven" or "God".

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

What is terrific about Eastwood is that he has a real cleanness in his approach to filmmaking and there isn't this claptrap of sentimentality surrounding it.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (2)
At the Movies (Australia)

In the end, an elevating and in many ways, exceptional experience.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (6)
At the Movies (Australia)

Hereafter is worth taking seriously because, finally, it's about taking care to live decently -- not piously, or proudly, but honestly, in the here and now.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

This melancholy tale - not so much about the afterlife as about its teasingly morbid lure on three people in different countries - is far from director Clint Eastwood's best, and comes with a particularly dull performance from Matt Damon.

February 10, 2011 | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for Hereafter

A long movie dealing with response to death - involving three non-related people. To me, the connection between the three was contrived, so I thought it didn't end well.
September 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

A medium and two people with near-death experiences collide eventually.
A rather pedestrian secular meditation on death and the afterlife, Clint Eastwood's ocean-crossing film is buoyed only by strong performances by Matt Damon and Cecile de France. Its plot is plodding, and the eventual meeting of these characters predictable, but Damon is a rare actor who is able to make his characters more interesting in moments of weakness. George's fear of human connection and his rejection of his gift are made palpable in Damon's work - so much so that even the obviously expository scene with Jay Mohr are watchable. De France's tenacious Marie, also a character so obvious to the plot that she defies believability and smells of convenience, is a nice counter-balance to the film.
Overall, this is far from a strong film, but good performances can do a lot.
September 14, 2013
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

It wanted to be Babel. It wasn't. I have the same complaint about it as I did with Invictus: it relies too much on the inherent fascination with simultaneity and drags incredibly because of it. Not without its moments, but it's a waste of a pretty strong Matt Damon performance and a real disappointment from Eastwood, who's definitely on the decline.
August 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

A San Franciscan psychic whose uncontrollable ability to commune with the dead has caused him to lead a life in isolation, a London schoolboy who lost his twin brother and a French reporter who suffered a near death experience converge in a chance encounter that changes all of their lives. Hereafter begins with a stunning sequence set during a tsunami that would put Roland Emmerich to shame and sets the scene beautifully for an "adult" exploration into the belief of an afterlife. However what we actually get is a rather long winded daytime soap opera during which very little at all actually happens. Matt Damon does put in quite a sensitive performance and his scenes with Bryce Dallas Howard are perfectly judged but they lead nowhere. Instead we are left with what look like leftover scenes from Eastenders as Frankie McLaren is as wooden as a pine box intertwined with the aimless wanderings of the admittedly otherwise appealing Cecile De France. After The Adjustment Bureau and now this, it seems Damon is now the go-to guy for stealth chick flicks as this is more The Lake House than The Sixth Sense and I couldn't help thinking as the credits rolled that he should've signed up for instead. It's a much easier way to meet chicks.
October 9, 2012
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    1. George: If your worried of being on your own, don't be your not.
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    1. Billy: You have a duty to do it, because it's a gift.
    2. George: It's not a gift Billy, it's a curse.
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    1. George Lonegan: He says if you're worried about being on your own, don't be. You're not.
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    1. Marie Lelay: You know, as a scientist and atheist my mind was closed to such things.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Marie Lelay: So you think I really did experience something?
    2. Dr. Rousseau: Oh, yes. I think you experienced death.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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  • Hereafter - Das Leben danach (DE)
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