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Hereafter Reviews

January 26, 2011
The result may not plumb Shyamalanian awfulness, but if you did get to the afterlife you'd hope they weren't playing this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 22, 2010
The film is a deeply compassionate, decidedly secular and somewhat plodding meditation on what matters now and what lies beyond this life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2010
Eastwood and Morgan skillfully and slowly unveil each character's struggles and then send them on their way to inevitable encounters with one another.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 22, 2010
The last 30 minutes of the film hint at what it might have been if someone had whipped that script into shape; the idea of exploring experiences of the afterlife was a great one, and Eastwood certainly has the vision to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 22, 2010
Though I found Hereafter meandering and occasionally sentimental, I couldn't help but admire Clint Eastwood's ambition in taking on-headfirst-the greatest fact of human existence.
October 22, 2010
I realize it's bad manners to be flip about a movie that emblazons its heart on its sleeve. But Hereafter, soggy with portentous uplift, invites that response.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 22, 2010
Epic filmmaking is not Clint Eastwood's thing.
October 22, 2010
It's safe to say that, as a director, Clint Eastwood shows no fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2010
It starts out with a tsunami -- and ends up standing in a puddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2010
One of those movies that works better on a second viewing; it's a gentle, loosely structured tale of lost souls that'll wash away if you let it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2010
Eastwood's directorial output, from Mystic River on, constitutes the 21st century's first cinematic marvel, and Hereafter is among the best things he has ever done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 21, 2010
Clint Eastwood's gentle, thoughtful film about the fragility of life and the promise of a life beyond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2010
Eastwood continues to churn out one unique, challenging film after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 21, 2010
[It's] optimistic. Hokey, even. But it's beautiful, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2010
Eastwood's latest is serenely, even masterfully eccentric -- the sort of movie that begins with a tsunami and ends with a kiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2010
[Eastwood's] first boring film.
October 21, 2010
It isn't a film fixated on death so much as what comes after and how that affects the living, the type of subject typically treated in films as a theoretical conceit, but one that Eastwood pursues with his trademark straightforward style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2010
...genuinely and deeply moving, and Damon's performance in particular grows into something uncanny and beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 21, 2010
Hereafter is a solemnly reassuring film made by major talents working intriguingly outside their comfort zones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2010
Eventually, you realize the movie isn't comprised of much more than premise, greeting-card wisdom and coincidences, and its two hours start to grow long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2010
Clint Eastwood's Hereafter considers the idea of an afterlife with tenderness, beauty and a gentle tact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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October 15, 2010
It's as if everyone involved in the film figured they could keep Hereafter from turning ghost-story hokey by making it grounded, beautiful and matter-of-fact. And it sort of works.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 15, 2010
It's meant to make us ask, "All right, what comes after?" But it leaves real Eastwood fans only wondering, "Okay -- what comes next?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 15, 2010
Either you buy their Vaseline-lensed visions of the hereafter, or you watch in stony silence, as I did, wondering why there's no one to care about.
October 15, 2010
The movie drags, yet it feels like it's missing an hour. It features three characters on three continents who barely interact with one another. And after 130 minutes, it stops without concluding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2010
The viewer waits, at first expectantly and later with increasing irritation, as the disparate story strands are forced together in the "are you kidding?" finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2010
It has the power to haunt the skeptical, to mystify the credulous and to fascinate everyone in between...
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 14, 2010
Hollywood once upon a time made films exploring these kinds of issues, but in today's climate only a filmmaker like Eastwood, determined to never do the same thing twice, would have the nerve and the clout to take it on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 14, 2010
This is no tale of paranormal activity. It offers no clear-cut answers on life after death. Rather, it calmly examines death, grief and melancholy, packing an unexpectedly profound emotional gut-punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 14, 2010
Hereafter makes no grand statement about life after death. It's just Eastwood pondering the subject, as any thoughtful person might, and inviting us to think along with him. It's hard to pass up so sincere an offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2010
The only thing more disconcerting than seeing an action-disaster sequence open a Clint Eastwood drama is watching the 80-year-old auteur channel M. Night Shyamalan.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 14, 2010
Just because a film takes place entirely in the long shadow of death doesn't mean it has to be this relentlessly dour.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 14, 2010
Hereafter, set to a resonant Eastwood score, truly is haunting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2010
Eastwood weaves between these disparate yet intrinsically connected story lines smoothly and without hurry. The pacing may feel a bit too languid, but it allows us to get to know these characters by observing who they are as opposed to what they do.
October 13, 2010
Damon -- reunited with director Clint Eastwood following their work on Invictus -- makes a sincere, low-key medium, conveying information like a reporter rather than a precious mystic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 13, 2010
Shifting gears to a softer, gauzier mood, Clint Eastwood's Hereafter finds the masterful icon charting new terrain.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2010
An undercooked slice of paranormal mumbo jumbo with the genes of an M. Night Shyamalan chin-scratcher but the execution of a diffident nonbeliever. What was Clint thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2010
Multiple story lines cross international borders to mix personal tragedy with post-9/11 existential terror: Hereafter is a mawkish mondo mistico, obvious, schematic, and sometimes subtitled.
October 11, 2010
An uneven but absorbing triptych of stories concerning the bonds between the living and the dead.
October 11, 2010
The bafflement that comes with loss is certainly a strong enough emotion to get a story moving, but, by turning to spiritualism, visions, and the afterlife, Morgan has wandered into hokum without illuminating grief.
October 11, 2010
Hereafter occupies some muzzy twilight zone, too woo-woo sentimental to be real, too limp to make for even a halfway decent ghost story.
September 14, 2010
The movie will divide some Eastwood fans, conquer others. The naysayers will be grateful that, from this healthy, workaholic actor-director, there is always the promise of a good movie -- if not here, then hereafter.
September 13, 2010
Another strong and unexpected drama from Clint Eastwood.