After Life: Season 1 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

After Life: Season 1 Reviews

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March 5, 2019
The series is ultimately just an excuse for Ricky Gervais to spit his acerbic wit at easy targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 8, 2019
Gervais the actor is failed by the writer and not shown to best advantage by the director. The performance isn't enough, and its strengths underline the inadequacies found elsewhere.
March 8, 2019
You'll enjoy After Life if you're feeling cynical and/or depressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2019
I think it's fine, even helpful, to make jokes about death and depression. But for such gags to work, there has to be a certain veracity, an emotional truth that's conspicuous by its absence here.
March 6, 2019
It wants so badly to be both comedy and drama-to be both funny and touching-that it fails pretty spectacularly at both.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 13, 2019
A main problem for After Life is that Tony's surge of misanthropy isn't especially funny or smart.
March 7, 2019
Watching a man go from awful human being to just decent human being isn't fun television. Fortunately it's only six half-hour episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 35/100
March 7, 2019
I'm not sure Tony says anything controversial on any of these topics, it's just Gervais with a dead wife so that you might sympathize with him.
March 4, 2019
After all your suffering, "After Life" ends up exactly where you'd expect it to. There are no heavenly rewards here.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 18, 2019
The problem is the wildly swerving tone - from obnoxious to sentimental to caustic to maudlin to pointlessly vile.
March 18, 2019
As a whole, the first six-episode arc is a healing and beautiful story about growth.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
March 11, 2019
Once in a while, all the pieces come together...The bad news is the show is short (six episodes), so the parts that don't work carry a lot of weight.
March 9, 2019
As is often the case in Gervais' work, kindness ultimately prevails in this story of an embittered man in a world that has taken so much from him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 22, 2019
There's an idea in this premise that has the potential for something laugh out loud funny and insightfully tear-jerking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2019
Gervais has given us an affecting series, populated with a collection of fine characters, ably played. It doesn't always hit home, but when it does it is something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2019
Ricky Gervais' After Life, unspooling in six eminently bingeable half-hour episodes...is bitter and sweet, sad and funny, cruel and tender, cynical and sentimental, heartless and heartwarming, all at the same time and sometimes even in the same scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2019
The best thing Gervais has done... Prepare to bing watch "After Life"... because it's simply awesome.
March 8, 2019
A melancholy series that successfully tells the story of dealing with the loss of a loved one. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 22, 2019
After Life is often pitiless and hard to watch - but those are the moments Gervais's earnestness shines most brightly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 1, 2019
The Ricky Gervais project people have been begging for, for a long time. The kind that hits his comedy stylings on the head so perfectly, it makes one realize that just maybe he always had something to say but needed time to figure out just how to do it.
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