After.Life

2010

After.Life

Critics Consensus

It has an interesting premise and admirable ambitions, but After.Life fails to deliver enough twists or thrills to sustain its creepy atmosphere.

25%

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33%

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Young couple Paul (Justin Long) and Anna (Christina Ricci) are toying with the prospect of marriage when they have a chance encounter with Eliot (Liam Neeson), a mysterious undertaker who claims he can speak with the dead. When Anna becomes caught in the otherworldly realm between life and death, she risks being buried alive. Will Eliot help her, or is he being driven by darker motivations? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Christina Ricci
as Anna Taylor
Liam Neeson
as Eliot Deacon
Justin Long
as Paul Coleman
Celia Weston
as Beatrice Taylor
Josh Charles
as Tom Peterson
Rosemary Murphy
as Mrs. Whitehall
Malachy McCourt
as Father Graham
Shuler Hensley
as Vincent Miller
Alice Drummond
as Mrs. Hutton
Sam Kressner
as Acne Kid
Doan Ly
as Teacher #1
Jack Rovello
as Tall Kid
Celene Keller
as Old Woman #2
Barbara Singer
as Old Woman #3
Laurie Cole
as Principal
Jonny Fido
as Stocky Teacher
William O. Perkins III
as Security Guard
Jody Ebert
as Police Officer
Erin Ward
as Teacher #2
Mark Heskin
as Frank Miller
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Critic Reviews for After.Life

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (42)

  • Thematic rigor mortis sets in long before the final reel.

    January 3, 2011 | Full Review…
  • takes its ambiguities all the way to the grave - and beyond.

    September 7, 2010
  • It dresses up boilerplate horror in a classy shell, yet never gives it the pulse it needs.

    July 17, 2010 | Rating: 5.2/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • A stylish piece of horror-movie hokum.

    July 6, 2010
  • It's too dull for grown-ups and too nightmarish for children. It makes Nip/Tuck look like a Mel Brooks musical.

    April 14, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Best of all is Neeson, who is nicely creepy. Whether he's genuinely gifted or knuckle-chewing insane, he's not the kind of guy you'd want to spend time with, either way.

    April 14, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After.Life

  • Sep 03, 2015
    Dreary, peculiar, and pretentious - including the title. There have to be better ways to see Christina Ricci naked, and without an open head wound.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Well, I went in to After.Life not really knowing what it was about... I still don't really know what it's about. And I really don't think a second viewing would make it any better. Not even a Taken type of film where they've just given Liam Neeson an excuse to be totally BAMF at everyone, After.Life seem to be more about getting Christina Ricci's (Above Left - Black Snake Moan, Monster, Prozac Nation, Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Addams Family Values) kit off and being either unnecessarily bizarre, or not bizarre enough. Where I can appreciate After.Life is in that firstly, a naked Christina Ricci walking around a mortuary manages to get pulled off in a wholly not awkward way, secondly it was a perfectly interesting idea (if poorly executed) and finally the fact that there was a little bit of fucking originality here. It's not a remake, or a reboot, a prequel or a sequel, a book adaptation or a shameless ripoff, it's just a first time movie made by some lady, it'll probably drop off of the face of the earth in a matter of months, but still, good on her! Unfortunately, After.Life is entirely let down but the fact that nothing happens! Honestly, a 97 minute running time is not exactly an epic saga, but it's ample amount of time to have something happen. Hell, Trick 'r Treat tells four great, separate story lines in less time than that. I love Liam Neeson, I don't hate Christina Ricci, and Justin Long is one of the only "those actors" that I can stand (Seth Rogen, Will Ferrel, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse... You know, those actors...) but it unfortunately just wasn't enough to get the film off the ground. Sorry After.Life, I really wanted to enjoy you, but there just wasn't enough going on one way or the other. Maybe next time Ms. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, maybe next time... 49% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2012
    After.Life is a well constructed supernatural horror film that is very original in its idea. The strength of the film lies with Liam Neeson's powerful performance as Mortician Eliot Deacon who has a gift of talking to the dead. I thought that the film was a breath of fresh air in the genre, and it was different considering all the remakes. With great direction from Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, After.Life is a creepy horror films that should appeal to fans of the genre. With a great cast at hand, Vosloo delivers a unique and different film that is very much underrated. The mix of the supernatural and surreal elements helps create a terrific film that is definitely worth watching. What made this film really good was that it relied on atmosphere rather than shocks to create its horror, and it works very well. There's a very well thought out plot that will keep you guessing from start to finish and though it has its imperfections, this is a better film than what most critics have written about it. In other words, this is not a work that should be easily dismissed. A few elements could have been reworked; nonetheless it is an effective chiller that displays a very creepy and effective Liam Neeson which makes up for the film's flaws. If you love something different in the horror genre, give this film a shot, this is a work that is engaging, well directed and has some good performances. However, like I stated previously, Neeson is the one that makes this such a thrilling and eerie viewing experience. After.Life may be imperfect, but it's certainly better than most horror films that come out nowadays.As a low-budget film, this is one that is very well done and should satisfy any fan of the genre.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2012
    A genuinely creepy film that leaves one wondering, is she really dead? This viewer liked the fact that the answer to that question is never made entirely clear. The ambiguity leaves room for different interpretations. Either Eliot (Liam Neeson) is a tortured visionary who can talk to the dead, or he is a sadistic gleaner of souls who slowly mesmerizes his victims into believing they are dead. Maybe he is both. A brave performance by Christina Ricci as the "dead" woman, Anna, and a very emotional role for Justin Long as Paul, her boyfriend. Some nudity (no full frontal) and a minimum of gore, but the overall tone was sinister and left one pondering the questions of life after death.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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