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Bursting with frantic energy and tinged with black humor, After Hours is a masterful -- and often overlooked -- detour in Martin Scorsese's filmography. Read critic reviews

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In a Manhattan cafe, word processor Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) meets and talks literature with Marcy (Rosanna Arquette). Later that night, Paul takes a cab to Marcy's downtown apartment. His $20 bill flying out the window during the ride portends the unexpected night he has. He cannot pay for the ride and finds himself in a series of awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with a colorful cast of characters. He spends the rest of the night trying to return uptown.

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  • It might not make any sense. It might not even matter. But it's a blast while it lasts, and it brings the most perfect of endings along with the sunrise.

    April 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • That "After Hours" fails to satisfy, that it derails, that even its own director tires of the material halfway through, would disappoint no one if the name of Martin Scorsese didn't appear above the title.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • After Hours is dazzling movie making; you could get a giddy kick just from cinematographer Michael Ballhaus' shot as a set of house keys floats down toward the camera, tossed from a top-floor apartment.

    March 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Like many of Scorsese's earlier pictures, After Hours has a fascination with the bizarre. But the new film is lighter in spirit than any Scorsese film, with the possible exception of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.

    March 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's not that they don't make comedies like After Hours anymore. The fact is there's never been a comedy quite like this one.

    March 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's his most-un-Scorsese-like film, and it's an overlooked gem.

    March 18, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 23, 2021
    I love how ‘After Hours' extracts maximum humor, turmoil, sexual tension, lunacy, dread, and frustration from the immediacy of its SoHo-in-'85 setting. I love how blatantly and often characters stop listening to one another as they speak. I love Griffin Dunne's performance. I love how much of this film now doubles as a time capsule. I love the constant absurdity that never verges on cartoonishness. I love the first full shot of Captain cab driver's face. I love the maddening notion of Paul spending his entire evening at the mercy of everyone's negligence. I love Scorsese's adrenaline-shot camerawork. I love how the night's escapades feel like they exist in a hypnagogic state. I love directional ‘Dead Person' signs. Watching this at 3am was the right move.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    I know it is considered something of an outlier in Scorsese's oeuvre, but I've always found its depiction of New York as pure undefinable madness completely in sync with the likes of "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy". Dunne's performance is probably the film's most underrated element as I don't think many other actors could really capture the character's pathetic desperation.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2012
    Weird, dark, full of energy, Scorsese unlike what we're used to see him do. In other words, very interesting.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2011
    Martin Scorsese's After Hours, it's a surreal and great black comedy, with a very good screenplay and actings. A film showing, that even in the most forgotten movie, Scorsese always is terrific.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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