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  • Summary: Sweeping, yet entirely intimate, After the Wedding is a shattering portrait of a family struggling with the fragility of life and the search for connection, healing, and forgiveness. (IFC Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. One of the best films to open in the Bay Area in 2007.
  2. 91
    It's a riveting character study/soap opera.
  3. After the Wedding defies the odds: For once, the bigger the emotion, the truer the moviegoing experience.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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."

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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. VeraR.
    Apr 28, 2007
    10
    Very unusual, original and emotionally intense! I was riveted from beginning to end! A very beautiful film about the real things in life
  3. Maria
    Nov 4, 2007
    10
    This movie is perfect. Just be ready for an emotional wallop however. It surprised me in its level of emotional sophistication in scene after scene. I completely agree with the Salon reviewer! Expand
  4. EvanS
    Jul 24, 2007
    8
    As contrived as the story must appear on paper, this movie is ultimately winning due to the heft of the acting, directing and editing. It hits you, it stays with you. Expand
  5. AlS
    Nov 23, 2007
    8
    Melodramatic but effective nonetheless.
  6. AprilF.
    Aug 27, 2007
    8
    A lovely movie, dramatic but not as melodramatic as some of the reviews suggest. Don't get me wrong - there's some major drama, but the characters are incredibly believable and their reactions are understandable and well-portrayed. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 14, 2007
    0
    Boring.

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