After.Life - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

After.Life Reviews

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Top Critic
July 17, 2010
It dresses up boilerplate horror in a classy shell, yet never gives it the pulse it needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.2/10
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
September 11, 2010
There is too much reliance on one character's word against another which leads the audience back and forth over the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 7, 2010
After.Life is a fascinating premise lost inside a meandering script.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 8, 2010
I think, in a way, the film short-changes itself by not coming down on one side or the other. As it stands, it's a framework for horror situations but cannot be anything deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 8, 2010
Clean, precise and terribly sullen, After.Life is like its female protagonist. It feels stuck between worlds, or genres.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 8, 2010
The dialogue is clumsy, the tone swings between somber and silly and the whole bizarre venture eventually succumbs to rigor mortis.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
April 9, 2010
Slightly creepy and very well-shot, but essentially it's a Twilight Zone concept that's been (unkindly) stretched to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 11, 2010
Sporadically creepy, stylish and initially suspenseful, but ultimately unimaginative, asinine and deficient in clever surprises and palpable thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.21/10
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2010
Neither horrific enough to scare, nor psychologically thrilling enough to even register a pulse. And whatever fun there is to be found, and there were hoots aplenty, it's of the "laughing at, not with" variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
April 6, 2010
What might have played well as a multipage Poe rumination gradually gets pulled to bits by thudding Ricci-Neeson face-offs in the poster-ready funeral-prep chamber.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 5, 2010
Its attempts to intriguingly address issues of life and death are undercut by silly vagueness and sillier gratuitous T&A.
| Original Score: 1/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
April 9, 2010
Almost imperceptibly, the 'is she alive or dead' equation takes over the entire affair.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 9, 2010
While nobody comes out especially well, Ricci is the only one required to spend much of the movie naked. And for what?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 9, 2010
Ms. Wojtowicz-Vosloo seems to have spent too much time trying to make an art-house chiller instead of an effective film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 9, 2010
Doesn't really work either as a scary movie or as a food-for-thought cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
August 3, 2010
Confusing chiller explores death; too dark for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 8, 2010
Considering the weakness of the material that she has been given to work with, Ricci does what she can but the only person likely to cherish this particular performance is Mr. Skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
April 9, 2010
Boring horror movies are common but what distinguishes After.Life is the pretension with which the boredom is doled out.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 7, 2010
[Ricci] has to operate, unfazed, in close-up nakedness much of the time, while the camera practically licks her pale skin.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 8, 2010
Neeson's right -- something's definitely deceased here. But it's the whole picture. And a swift interment on DVD and late-night cable seems in the best interest of everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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