Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    78
    Unfortunately, in Bier’s world, where even the most innocuous acts can result in emotional ruin, redemption is purgatorial in its own peculiar way.
  2. Those willing to overlook its emotional grandstanding will find much to admire and even more to think about in this Oscar-nominated Danish drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    In After the Wedding Susanne Bier pushes the envelope further, toward operatic passion and the visual symbolism of Ingmar Bergman.
  4. Mikkelsen, like Jimmy Stewart, projects emotions with a slight twitch of a lip or narrowing of an eye. His long face - often handsome, sometimes plain, always cryptic - yields secrets slowly; you have to watch an entire film to know how his character feels and how you feel about him.
  5. 70
    Jensen's dramatic structure is so visible this sometimes seems like a late Rod Serling teleplay, but Bier has proved highly adept at merging conventional drama with the immediacy of the Dogma 95 movement.
  6. After the Wedding defies the odds: For once, the bigger the emotion, the truer the moviegoing experience.
  7. Talented filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers), armed with an outstanding compositional sense, keeps control over the storms of melodrama that swirl in this rich weepie.
  8. 50
    Evidently, this bloated piece of Oscar-nominated nonsense was a big hit in Denmark, which makes me think there's a glittering future in that otherwise discriminating country for several seasons of "Days of Our Lives."
  9. After the Wedding would never pretend to have any answers, but in hands this skilled the act of exploration itself couldn't be more illuminating, or more dramatic.
  10. 75
    After the Wedding ends up feeling far weightier than it first appears, with its plot contrivances and unlikely coincidences generating such a messy range of emotions, they end up feeling a lot like real life.
  11. The characters may suffer once the bride walks down the aisle, but Bier, Jensen and their first-rate cast work together like a match made in heaven.
  12. 75
    After the Wedding is full of enough plot twists to supply a whole season of "Desperate Housewives."
  13. Bier primes us for a catfight, but she gives something tastier: a feast of reconciliation and love.
  14. 91
    It's a riveting character study/soap opera.
  15. 75
    This is a fine tale of families and secrets, and its seemingly cold exterior gives way to something unexpectedly warm and soft inside.
  16. 90
    What feels at first like a quiet, straightforward picture builds into one of the richest and most satisfying of the year so far, in any genre or any language.
  17. One of the best films to open in the Bay Area in 2007.
  18. A highly original and unusually powerful drama that deserves comparison to the great Scandinavian films of the past.
  19. 67
    With its soapy earnestness and use of suffering souls as set dressing, After The Wedding could be the cinematic equivalent of a Coldplay song. And while that isn't necessarily a slam, it isn't a recommendation either.
  20. At two hours, After the Wedding stretches out family flux too thinly and waits too long to reveal the final, devastating secret that we already know.
  21. Once again Bier demonstrates just how misleading appearances can be, as she artfully removes the veneers concealing the dark truths locked away by her intriguing characters.
  22. Bier directs with a sense of motion, pleasant without pushing. Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Jacob, is an actor who absolutely belongs on the screen, a gentler sort of Jack Palance.
  23. A fine and, on a scene-by-scene basis, often better than fine, if effectively unadventurous work.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    A rich, intricate and very gripping movie.
  25. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    With a third-act twist that outdoes that initial revelation, the film turns out to be a thoughtful exploration of paternity and responsibility. Much of the film's success lies in Bier's sensitive direction, but credit is also due to the fine cast, particularly Mikkelsen.
  26. Reviewed by: Gunnar Rehlin
    80
    Thanks to a tight script, sharp direction and excellent actors, new film by Danish helmer Susanne Bier manages to be both emotional and engaging.
  27. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    70
    What happens after the wedding comprises a full three-quarters of Bier's epic, whose near-Biblical twists and turns--I wouldn't think of giving them away--are enough to fill four weepies.
  28. A thrilling -- and harrowing, and beautiful -- celebration of the unpredictability of life.
  29. Wedding has enough coincidences, screamfests, drunken rants and shock revelations to fill a season of "Desperate Housewives," but it comes across as finely textured drama, thanks to the performers, who make their characters so persuasive and three-dimensional, we're too mesmerized to care about the story's more overwrought or histrionic passages.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. DougE
    Sep 13, 2009
    10
    Extremely well done.
  2. roberti
    Jan 29, 2008
    8
    A film as fresh and unanticipated as the sky. a story that rings true, actors that don't pander, a view that seems lifelike.
  3. AlS
    Nov 23, 2007
    8
    Melodramatic but effective nonetheless.