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The Sweet Hereafter Reviews

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Katherine Monk
Ex-Press.com
November 16, 2015
A film that touches on the essence of love by throwing us into the abyss of loss, The Sweet Hereafter marks the apex of the English-Canadian film tradition as it navigates the empty space left in the wake of tragedy with a gentle, but unsentimental eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central
August 3, 2012
In its unsparing depiction of the loneliness and despair that afflicts the tragedy-wracked town of Sam Dent, The Sweet Hereafter is one of the coldest movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 8, 2009
Cuts to the bone and stays there long after its end credits have finished rolling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
...intelligent, stately paced film
Read More | Original Score: A
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
October 24, 2004
Molds the past, present, and future into a tapestry of the cyclical nature of human suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
Based on Russell Banks' tragic novel about a town grieving for 14 children killed in a bus crash, easily makes my list of top 1997 films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
A delicate and touching story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Visits the impossible contradictions of bereavement with clear-eyed compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Venable
Supercala.com
August 4, 2002
This isn't a "flick" or a "movie". This is a film.
Full Review| Original Score: 9/10
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A stirring portrait of a community struggling to heal in the wake of a crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
Explores the ways in which a tragedy enhances rather than diminishes a town's sense of community.
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
August 31, 2001
Una obra exquisita.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Wood
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
...Egoyan looks at the essence of guilt and the complexity of human relationships in all their rich variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Though this is Egoyan's first adaptation, The Sweet Hereafter could serve as a model for how to do it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Brendan Kelly
Variety
February 14, 2001
Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's most ambitious work to date, The Sweet Hereafter is a rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
In a season of expertly adapted contemporary fiction (like "L.A. Confidential" and "The Ice Storm"), this fusion of Banks's and Egoyan's sensibilities stands as a particularly inspired mix.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The movie has an impact that extends far beyond the walls of a movie theater - a quality shared by a distressingly few of today's releases.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Elegiac and yet straightforward as haiku
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is one of the best films of the year, an unflinching lament for the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
a new moral urgency seems to invigorate this film
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