Afterschool Reviews

November 17, 2011
October 9, 2009
It's both a supremely controlled exercise in form and tone and an intriguing exploration of the ways new technology intersects with age-old questions of dominance, control and individuality, particularly in the school setting.
October 7, 2009
Anthony Campos (who was 24 when he made this jolting pic) captures the numbing psychic scramble that just might cause the YouTube generation to go morally haywire. Or become filmmakers.
October 2, 2009
Though thin on story, the film shows poise and vision, using bleak cinema-realite techniques with chilling effect. Campos promises to be heard from again.
October 2, 2009
Those with the patience to wait out Mr. Campos's overindulgences will definitely leave Afterschool unnerved, which is probably exactly what he had in mind.
October 1, 2009
The passing of time and the evolution of technology may give it an expiration date, but more likely, Campos' film stands to be an essential document of what it was like to be a young person in the late '00s.
September 29, 2009
Afterschool, the almost frighteningly accomplished first feature made by Antonio Campos when he was 24, is high school as horror show.
August 24, 2009
An intelligent, often gripping, and intriguingly autobiographical drama of paranoia.
August 24, 2009
With a lingering and often awkward style, Afterschool is ambitious but ultimately lacklustre.
August 21, 2009
If there is one distinctive and promising voice to come out of the info-bite aesthetic of the YouTube generation it is Antonio Campos, whose debut feature Afterschool puts an intriguing spin on the high-school tragedy.
August 21, 2009
The film has a lot to say about the effect of technology on teenage interaction, how schools repress individuality and how sexual awakening causes, rather than relieves, teenage angst.
August 21, 2009
Originality is perhaps the major missing component, but this still stacks up as a nifty debut with ideas and ambition to spare.
August 21, 2009
This is a major debut. A dystopic vision, yes; but in comparison with the usual school high-jinks from US cinema - fiercely fresh and corrosively memorable.
August 21, 2009
The writer-director Antonio Campos uses his camera in catatonically slow movements, to varying effect: sometimes it feels probing, at others it looks like so much film school self-indulgence.
August 21, 2009
This is certainly an original work, but not entirely successful in saying anything new about the way we watch "reality" today at second hand.
March 12, 2009
The fact that this is a film of few words only adds to its hypnotic, relentless pull.
October 18, 2008
A morbidly fascinating prep school tragedy which also is a stylistically uncompromisingly vision of hypocritical America.
October 18, 2008
Unsettles without illuminating, marred by narcotic pacing and a blank lead performance.