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The Sweet Hereafter Reviews

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Katherine Monk
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Dequina
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
| 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
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Venable
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
August 31, 2001
Una obra exquisita.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Wood
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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