The Sweet Hereafter Reviews

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central
August 3, 2012
In its unsparing depiction of the loneliness and despair that afflicts the tragedy-wracked town of Sam Dent, The Sweet Hereafter is one of the coldest movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
March 8, 2009
Cuts to the bone and stays there long after its end credits have finished rolling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...intelligent, stately paced film
Full Review | Original Score: A
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
October 24, 2004
Molds the past, present, and future into a tapestry of the cyclical nature of human suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
Based on Russell Banks' tragic novel about a town grieving for 14 children killed in a bus crash, easily makes my list of top 1997 films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
A delicate and touching story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Visits the impossible contradictions of bereavement with clear-eyed compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Venable
August 4, 2002
This isn't a "flick" or a "movie". This is a film.
| Original Score: 9/10
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A stirring portrait of a community struggling to heal in the wake of a crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
Explores the ways in which a tragedy enhances rather than diminishes a town's sense of community.
Alex Ramirez
August 31, 2001
Una obra exquisita.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Wood
April 17, 2001
...Egoyan looks at the essence of guilt and the complexity of human relationships in all their rich variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Brendan Kelly
February 14, 2001
Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's most ambitious work to date, The Sweet Hereafter is a rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Though this is Egoyan's first adaptation, The Sweet Hereafter could serve as a model for how to do it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Egoyan has also made his most emotionally acessible film to date without losing that rigorous intellectualism that makes his work such a rewarding challenge for persistent viewers.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
The naked emotion of tragedy weighs on every frame...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
solemn, subtly structured, beautifully acted and ultimately hypnotic
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It's definitely not an easy film to watch, though, since it's so unflinching in its portrayal of incest and, if possible, is even more unsettling in the way it exposes dirty little secrets without trying to make its characters sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
Exquisitely intense, and far from sweet. Ian Holm is sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
The best way to sum up this film is in two words that came to me while the credits were rolling: 'quietly shattering.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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