Critic Consensus: Laura Linney's heartbreaking performance may resonate with viewers who have lost loved ones, but The Big C's denouement feels less like a profound dirge than an obligatory conclusion to a series that had already exhausted its premise.
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as Cathy Jamison
as Paul Jamison
as Adam Jamison
as Dr. Todd
as Dr. Sherman
as The Rabbi
as The Priest
as The Imam
"Hereafter" manages to capture the sense those of us being left behind sometimes get; that the person going already has a foot planted somewhere else. But it also, repeatedly, hones in on the joy that can hit unexpectedly at even the worst moments.
Linney herself also exudes remarkable confidence in a role where you'd think the only real option would be uncertainty.
Through lingering, dark humor and through more quiet, serious moments, the moral continues to be the importance of actually living.
A chore of a series at times that never really managed to figure out how to balance its dark humor with its dark subject matter, and over the course of Hereafter, seemed to sprint... as though the series itself was tired of itself.
The show's tone still tends to the exasperatingly adorable, but Linney's performance is focused, concentrated, free of histrionics and intensely poignant. A lovely piece of work.
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