After Tiller


After Tiller

Critics Consensus

After Tiller applies empathy, honesty, and graceful understatement to a discussion that all too often lacks them all.



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In 2009, Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas-one of the only doctors in the US who performed third-trimester abortions-was gunned down in his church. He was the eighth abortion clinic worker to be assassinated since the Supreme Court passed the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, in 1973. There are now only four doctors in the country-all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller-who openly provide late abortions, a procedure considered highly controversial even among those who consider themselves pro-choice. AFTER TILLER weaves together revealing interviews with the doctors with intimate scenes from their private lives and inside their clinics, where they counsel and care for their vulnerable patients. The personal and moral struggles of several of these women are revealed, forcing us to step into the shoes of both patient and practitioner as they confront the full complexity of each decision. (c) Oscilloscope

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Critic Reviews for After Tiller

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (19)

  • It's a grim story.

    Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The story of four women and their attempts to uphold abortion rights in the US makes for compelling, if horrifying viewing.

    Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You may or may not be convinced, but you will be affected.

    Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • "After Tiller" does viewers the great service of providing light where there's usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.

    Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes this well-edited film compelling are the stories of the patients and the agonizing moral quandaries that the doctors express in doing their work.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a calm, thoughtful film about an incendiary subject, and it has a clear point of view: to allow these doctors (and some of their patients, who we hear but don't see) to explain why they do what they do.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for After Tiller

  • Jun 08, 2014
    My first thought was that the filmmakers got dangerously close to only appealing to emotion for their thesis, but since the film directly addresses third trimester abortions, perhaps this is the only way to make this argument. The film strays from its central narrative too often, but it still provides a compelling voice to people who are generally only attacked when spoken of.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2013
    On one level, the documentary "After Tiller" does a good job of showing the day to day lives and work of the four remaining doctors performing late term abortions in America, as they contend with annoying and ignorant people constantly on their lawns and with the constant fear one of them may be armed.(Per the end note, one more doctor is being trained.) Contrary to what one would ordinarily suppose, they are not in New York, Massachusetts or California. Instead, this is in the heartland of Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico. On a different level, "After Tiller" relies much more on sentiment than on facts which could have been used to better destroy some of the fallacies concerning abortion. Admittedly, we do get some information on what a late term abortion is and the conditions for performing one(which usually involves a fetus having a critical or fatal condition) with adoption being discussed as an alternative. But the doctors are not alone as they seem here. While the Democrats, Wendy Davis notwithstanding, are pretty useless, there are plenty of pro-choice activists out there willing to protest.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2013
    Despite the emotional nature of the subject matter, After Tiller provides us with a good bird's eye view of the life and motivations behind the four doctors in the U.S. who perform third trimester abortions. It is likely that each viewer will react differently depending on what they bring into the viewing experience but it is worthwhile regardless.
    John B Super Reviewer

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