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Despite a thought-provoking premise and Clint Eastwood's typical flair as director, Hereafter fails to generate much compelling drama, straddling the line between poignant sentimentality and hokey tedium.



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"Hereafter" tells the story of three people who are touched by death in different ways. George is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie, a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus, a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might -- or must -- exist in the hereafter.

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Matt Damon
as George Lonegan
Jay Mohr
as Billy
Richard Kind
as Christos
Frankie McLaren
as Marcus/Jason
George McLaren
as Marcus/Jason
Cécile De France
as Marie Lelay
Derek Jacobi
as Himself
Marthe Keller
as Dr. Rousseau
Andy Gathergood
as Jackie's Friend
Helen Elizabeth
as Jackie's Friend
Stephane Freiss
as Guillaume Belcher
Sean Buckley
as Dr. Meredith
Cyndi Mayo Davis
as Island Hotel Clerk
Lisa Griffiths
as Stall Owner
Jessica Griffiths
as Island Girl
Charlie Creed-Miles
as Photographer
Rebekah Staton
as Social Worker
Declan Conlon
as Social Worker
Marcus Boyea
as Teenager
Franz Drameh
as Teenager
Tex Jacks
as Teenager
Mylène Jampanoï
as Reporter Jasmine
Laurent Bateau
as TV Producer
Calum Grant
as Factory Worker
Steve Schirripa
as Cooking Teacher Carlo
Tom Beard
as Priest
Jean-Yves Berteloot
as Publishing Executive Michael
Niamh Cusack
as Foster Mother
George Costigan
as Foster Father
Claire Price
as Marcus' Teacher
Surinder Duhra
as Islamic Teacher
Audrey Brisson
as Hospice Receptionist
Jess Murphy
as Dying Woman
Michael Cuckson
as Hospice Husband
Jennifer Thorne
as Hospice Mother
Barry Martin
as Hospice Father
John Nielsen
as Factory Supervisor
Mathew Baynton
as College Receptionist
Pearce Quigley
as Channeler
Meg Wynn Owen
as Mirror Lady
Selina Cadell
as Mrs. Joyce
Celia Shuman
as Neighbor
Joanna Croll
as Tour Guide
Tim Fitzhigham
as Bearded Author
Chloe Bale
as Hotel Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Hereafter

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  • Hereafter confronts a topic that could have descended into mawkish, mystical hokum, but not in Eastwood's no-nonsense, uncynical hands. He looks at death, and beyond, with clear, open, inquisitive eyes.

    Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • Now powering through his 80s, Clint Eastwood is doing the best, most thoughtful work of his career.

    Feb 9, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a consoling, romantic, inspirational movie in the mid-1940s manner of Portrait of Jennie and A Guy Named Joe.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • Could it be that Peter Morgan's clout gave him the right to dredge up from his desk drawer some terrible old script? Maybe. Either way, it's one to forget for all concerned.

    Jan 27, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The result may not plumb Shyamalanian awfulness, but if you did get to the afterlife you'd hope they weren't playing this movie.

    Jan 26, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a deeply compassionate, decidedly secular and somewhat plodding meditation on what matters now and what lies beyond this life.

    Oct 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Hereafter


Clint still seems obsessed with the mortality issue, but it is clear that he doesn't know what he is doing with this esoteric babble that lacks focus and purpose, presenting three poorly-written stories combined without any fluidness and leading to a corny ending that is simply lamentable.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Clint Eastwood has always made very good films, and here he crafts something is riveting, thrilling and captivating, and it's a film that is quite underrated and is an overlooked film that is much better than what the initial reviews have stated. The film has its weak parts, but overall, it's a solid affair, that is salvaged by terrific performances by its cast and a good storyline. I quite enjoyed the film's story, and thought that the concept was quite good as well. Matt Damon does some very good work here, and is aided by a great cast of varied talent, that all of whom really deliver something worthwhile on-screen. This is a well directed drama from Clint Eastwood, a director who has always managed to craft some entertaining and memorable films. Although not one of his finest efforts, the film is worth seeing and is quite good for what it is, but at times it could have been slightly better as well as the story does slow down a bit at times. Nonetheless due to terrific direction from Clint Eastwood and memorable performances from its cast, Hereafter works well enough to grab your attention for two hours of solid entertainment. Although not one of Eastwood's strongest directorial efforts, this most certainly not his worst either. If you enjoy a well crafted drama with good performances, Hereafter is a worthy film to watch. The picture tells a very good story, one that does deserve more praise than it does, and for what it is, it's a film that tells a very good story and despite its shortcomings is quite enthralling from the first frame onwards, and under the capable direction of Clint Eastwood is a worthwhile affair.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A long movie dealing with response to death - involving three non-related people. To me, the connection between the three was contrived, so I thought it didn't end well.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


A medium and two people with near-death experiences collide eventually. A rather pedestrian secular meditation on death and the afterlife, Clint Eastwood's ocean-crossing film is buoyed only by strong performances by Matt Damon and Cecile de France. Its plot is plodding, and the eventual meeting of these characters predictable, but Damon is a rare actor who is able to make his characters more interesting in moments of weakness. George's fear of human connection and his rejection of his gift are made palpable in Damon's work - so much so that even the obviously expository scene with Jay Mohr are watchable. De France's tenacious Marie, also a character so obvious to the plot that she defies believability and smells of convenience, is a nice counter-balance to the film. Overall, this is far from a strong film, but good performances can do a lot.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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