After

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

17%

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Based on Anna Todd's best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.

Cast

Josephine Langford
as Tessa Young
Hero Fiennes Tiffin
as Hardin Scott
Selma Blair
as Carol Young
Jennifer Beals
as Karen Gibson
Peter Gallagher
as Ken Scott
Meadow Williams
as Professor Soto
Samuel Larsen
as Zed Evans
Inanna Sarkis
as Molly Samuels
Pia Mia
as Tristan
Shane Paul McGhie
as Landon Gibson
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Critic Reviews for After

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (29)

  • 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.

    Jul 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.

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

    Caroline Siede

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

    Apr 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.

    Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

    TheWrap
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 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.

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

Audience Reviews for After

  • 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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