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After Hours Reviews

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Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
July 5, 2016
The film is riddled with cryptic mysteries, not to mention Cheech and Chong, and it plays as an urbane older brother to David Lynch's psychosexual masterpiece Blue Velvet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Rogers
October 2, 2015
As absurdist angst-ridden comedy, "After Hours" isn't flawless. As Martin Scorsese's way of using art to cathartically shake off bugaboos, exorcise demons and bounce back stronger after major dream-project setbacks, it's its own sort of masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 18, 2015
The more bizarre and frantic the material, the more I felt the strength and sureness of Scorsese's directorial hand, taming the screenplay's goblins and rendering them harmless.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2015
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.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 18, 2015
One of the best self-conscious black comedies to come along in a long time, Martin Scorsese`s After Hours is a film that delivers humor and anxiety like a smack in the face with an amphetamine pie.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 18, 2015
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.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 18, 2015
It's weird, wonderful and wildly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Travers
People Magazine
March 18, 2015
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.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 18, 2015
It's his most-un-Scorsese-like film, and it's an overlooked gem.
Josh Larsen
October 30, 2014
...never quite generates the comic flow its story needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 6, 2014
This is one of Scorsese's best, and one of my favorites of his.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 7, 2011
[Scorsese's] tendency toward hollow showboating has rarely been more in evidence ... Ends as a tolerable but annoyingly atonal exercise made by artists with little if anything on their minds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 25, 2010
The result is a delirious and challenging comedy, a postmodern Ulysses in Nighttown.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 31, 2008
Martin Scorsese's take on NYC puts a hip spin on Joe Minion's cleverly constructed nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

March 31, 2008
During the 80s there was a slew of yuppie revenge flicks where film-makers visited horrors on the heads of young urban professionals and this is probably the best of that mini-genre.
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Variety Staff
March 31, 2008
Anxiety-ridden picture would have been pretty funny if it didn't play like a confirmation of everyone's worst fears about contemporary urban life.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 31, 2008
Scorsese's orchestration of thematic development, narrative structure, and visual style is stunning in its detail and fullness; this 1985 feature reestablished him as one of the very few contemporary masters of filmmaking.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Inventive film-making of the first order.
Emanuel Levy
May 30, 2006
A SoHo version of Ulysses? A male rendition of Alice in Wonderland? In Scorsese's noir comedy, a bored, repressed Everyman becomes an alien in his own town, subjected to one surreal nightmare after another, mostly by women.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 20, 2004
I love it for its unrelenting inventiveness, its constant motion and its curmudgeonly glass-half-empty outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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