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  • Summary: In the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, a middle class family struggles with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries. But, what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch (Kathleen Quinlan) is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. [Paladin] Expand
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Aug 8, 2014
    50
    A handsomely mounted, largely watchable, and I suppose reasonably well-intentioned family drama with things to say about grief and loss and deception. It is also kind of irritating in is purposeful disingenuousness and determined challenges to plausibility. Your mileage may vary, as they say.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 8, 2014
    40
    Though clumsily enacted, the eventual revelation at least avoids the sick-punchline feel afflicting some dramas sharing this theme.
  3. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Aug 14, 2014
    40
    The final revelation of the big secret that haunts the family -- hinted at throughout the movie -- is more than a little maudlin, and the dedication feels like nothing so much as ass covering. Until then, After is a frequently absorbing miserablist family drama shot in appropriately chilly winter tones.
  4. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Aug 6, 2014
    38
    There’s a secret at play in After, which director Pieter Gaspersz communicates via many side-long glances. I won’t give it away, but it’s a fairly far-fetched twist that feels out of place in this realism-based drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Aug 14, 2014
    20
    After catalogs so many clichés in the dysfunctional family at its center that the film could be taught in a screenwriting class as a lesson in what not to do.
  6. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Aug 4, 2014
    12
    Throughout After, the filmmakers crank the trials of the film's Valentino family up to 11, sans irony or subversion.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Aug 6, 2014
    10
    After is essentially The Room of 9/11 movies, a position that was really best left unfilled. Its heart might be in the right place, but that gulf between pain and understanding has never been clearer, and might now be even wider than it was before.

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