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Hereafter (2010)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: 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: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 66,727


Movie Info

"Hereafter" tells the story of three people who are touched by death in different ways. George is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie, a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus, a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might -- or … More

PG-13 (for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Peter Morgan
In Theaters:
Mar 15, 2011
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hereafter

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (44) | 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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is a deeply compassionate, decidedly secular and somewhat plodding meditation on what matters now and what lies beyond this life.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

Eastwood and Morgan skillfully and slowly unveil each character's struggles and then send them on their way to inevitable encounters with one another.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Movie Nation

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | October 5, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
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...

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

Full Review… | June 1, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

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

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

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Movie Metropolis

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | March 1, 2011
Movies for the Masses

All in all, a disappointment from Mr Eastwood.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011

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".

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011

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

Audience Reviews for Hereafter


Clint Eastwood has always made very good films, and here he crafts something is riveting, thrilling and captivating, and it's a film that is quite underrated and is an overlooked film that is much better than what the initial reviews have stated. The film has its weak parts, but overall, it's a solid affair, that is salvaged by terrific performances by its cast and a good storyline. I quite enjoyed the film's story, and thought that the concept was quite good as well. Matt Damon does some very good work here, and is aided by a great cast of varied talent, that all of whom really deliver something worthwhile on-screen. This is a well directed drama from Clint Eastwood, a director who has always managed to craft some entertaining and memorable films. Although not one of his finest efforts, the film is worth seeing and is quite good for what it is, but at times it could have been slightly better as well as the story does slow down a bit at times. Nonetheless due to terrific direction from Clint Eastwood and memorable performances from its cast, Hereafter works well enough to grab your attention for two hours of solid entertainment. Although not one of Eastwood's strongest directorial efforts, this most certainly not his worst either. If you enjoy a well crafted drama with good performances, Hereafter is a worthy film to watch. The picture tells a very good story, one that does deserve more praise than it does, and for what it is, it's a film that tells a very good story and despite its shortcomings is quite enthralling from the first frame onwards, and under the capable direction of Clint Eastwood is a worthwhile affair.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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.

Red Lats

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.

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Hereafter Quotes

If your worried of being on your own, don't be your not.
– Submitted by Amir V (2 years ago)
You have a duty to do it, because it's a gift.
It's not a gift Billy, it's a curse.
– Submitted by Amir V (2 years ago)
George Lonegan:
He says if you're worried about being on your own, don't be. You're not.
– Submitted by Alejandro O (2 years ago)
Marie Lelay:
You know, as a scientist and atheist my mind was closed to such things.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Marie Lelay:
So you think I really did experience something?
Dr. Rousseau:
Oh, yes. I think you experienced death.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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