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The Sweet Hereafter Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
A delicate and touching story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Audience is almost bound to be absorbed for the duration.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
a new moral urgency seems to invigorate this film
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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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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Elegiac and yet straightforward as haiku
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
solemn, subtly structured, beautifully acted and ultimately hypnotic
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
As in Egoyan's Exotica and The Adjuster, past and present are intricately fused by the crisp editing, the mournful shadings of Mychael Danna's score and Paul Sarossy's austere wide-screen cinematography
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film searches for that place in the heart where we feel sadness and squeezes it persuasively.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A beautiful elegy about family and community, death and healing...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: A