After Earth Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
It's not Shyamalan's fault -- he did his best with what he was given. He deserves another shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Stuckmann
April 17, 2015
After Earth unfortunately still finds M. Night Shyamalan plodding through another dull, lifeless movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
May 2, 2014
After a not very impressive crash sequence, the film settles into a running battle between young Master Smith and a series of CGI monsters, a schema that sounds tiresome, and is.
Alynda Wheat
People Magazine
May 2, 2014
The dialogue is as wooden as the acting, and the plot is just silly. Truly, the only thing the film has going for it are some occasionally cool special effects.
Matt Prigge
May 2, 2014
Shyamalan mostly stays out of the way, but he still makes himself known, and not in good ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Mullen
Film School Rejects
May 2, 2014
The results are mixed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 2, 2014
Calling After Earth the worst film ever made may be overstating things, but it's a disaster zone of Chernobyl-esque proportions.
Anthony Quinn
May 2, 2014
The effects are second-hand stuff from Alien and Star Trek, spliced with Shyamalan's regular homilies on Personal Growth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 2, 2014
As drama, After Earth offers no surprises; as action, it's rarely stimulating; as a parenting manual, it seems that Will has thrown Jaden into water that's a little too deep.
Ray Pride
April 7, 2014
There's an extended animated sequence where atop a high hill, Kitai is surrounded by helix swells of grackles and blackbirds, and the camera turns to reveal waves and waves of burly bison. To the wonder, ho!
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 15, 2014
Does not enhance reputations or entrance audiences despite, or because of, pretentions to being larger than pure adventure.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 5, 2013
It seems proud of its predictability only because we should feel privileged to watch Will Smith and his son act in a second movie together.
Dave Golder
SFX Magazine
October 14, 2013
Pompous, humourless tosh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael Dequina
August 31, 2013
Shyamalan's worst habits end up overwhelming the most formidable assets at his disposal: the Smiths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 11, 2013
As the story moves along with an almost medicating dullness, so antiseptic and square and insulated from any fun or spark or non-self-seriousness, the entire movie has that plastic-wrap feel of a hermetically-sealed Hollywood vanity project.
Eric D. Snider
July 10, 2013
The thinness of the story is its greatest undoing, culminating in an anticlimax that is distinctly unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 8, 2013
...a step in the right direction for beleaguered filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2013
By any fair measure, After Earth is actually quite a nifty, pacy adventure film, even though it was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who has not made a good film since his 1999 debut The Sixth Sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 28, 2013
Uneven father-son post apocalyptic space adventure still a minor comeback for the director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 21, 2013
The dejected Will Smith is forced to inject himself with pain relief. The label warns that the drug could cause extreme drowsiness and impaired vision. One can only imagine that Will was suffering from both when he agreed to film this daft script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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