After

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Tepid and tired, After's fun flourishes are let down by its generic story.

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Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester of college, Tessa's guarded world opens up when she meets Hardin Scott, a mysterious and brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself -- and what she wants out of life.

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  • The key to the book's success lies in its artful amateurism. It replicates the tone of one teen confiding in another and in this anodyne screen translation, its intimacy is lost.

    July 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The real problem with After is that it's a lifeless slog of thinly written clichés, one that's missing the charismatic spark of the actual One Direction boys.

    April 12, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Caroline Siede

    AV Club
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  • Come back, Twilight, all is forgiven.

    April 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The kind of dispiriting effort that thinks it's scratching an itch for masochistic young girls, but primarily suggests that romance, desire and sexuality aren't worth genuinely exploring.

    April 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

    TheWrap
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  • The problems may lie in Todd's novel, but regardless, characters act illogically, as though written by someone who napped through most of Intro to Psych and skipped English 101 altogether.

    April 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • After opens with some narration about how certain moments in life seem to define a person, and from there, the clichés pretty much don't stop.

    April 12, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 22, 2019
    Based on a best-selling novel, After is a painfully melodramatic teen romance. When Tessa Young goes off to college she falls for a cynical loner with a dark past, but her new relationship soon causes a rift between her and her mother; who forces Tessa to choose between them. Newcomer Josephine Langford isn't very good and gives a rather wooden performance. And the script doesn't do anybody any favors, as it's formulaic as all get out and is full of cheesy dialog. Also, the sexual content is pretty tame for a steamy teen sex drama. Incredibly disappointing, After is an uninspired and predictable film with no passion.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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