Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 9, 2013
    67
    The issue of late-term abortions tends to inspire polemics from both sides of the debate; Shane and Wilson’s approach – sensitive, measured, workmanlike – is a welcome one.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Oct 17, 2013
    75
    The ethical considerations of these physicians and their patients is the focus, not the pro-lifers and their death threats.
  3. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 6, 2014
    60
    A laudably even-handed examination of a highly charged subject.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Sep 24, 2013
    85
    The human imperative informs every aspect of After Tiller, resulting in an unexpectedly warm film.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 25, 2013
    91
    In constructing its gripping overview, After Tiller maintains a generally straightforward roundup of talking heads, but its unassuming construction gradually generates an authoritative voice. Only once the arguments have been plainly established does the emotion truly take hold.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 3, 2013
    90
    Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, whose profiles in courage are sympathetic but not adulatory, have crafted an absorbing, thoughtful report.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 30, 2013
    75
    After Tiller is groundbreaking in giving voice not only to the doctors, but to those who always seem to get overlooked in the high-volume political debate about this topic: the women themselves.
  8. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Sep 20, 2013
    75
    After Tiller takes the politically divisive, emotionally charged issue of late-term abortions and portrays it with grace, understatement and humanity.
  9. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Oct 17, 2013
    75
    At the end of the day, though, thanks to the moral complications expressed by the abortion doctors and patients, this movie gives us more than enough room to help weigh these issues on our own terms.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 14, 2013
    75
    It gives a true sense of how the forces of a hypocritically religious country has burdened countless young women with a lifetime of misplaced guilt.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 18, 2013
    58
    After Tiller is an hour and a half of folks on their best behavior, presented as a candid portrait.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 18, 2013
    70
    This is grave business, and After Tiller registers the weight of it.
  13. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    Oct 5, 2013
    63
    It’s humanizing and heartbreaking.
  14. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Jul 25, 2013
    80
    Whether one is pro-life, pro-choice or without an opinion on the issue, After Tiller provides personal insight into a heart-wrenching, complex reality. The film does not pretend to be an answer to the abortion controversy but rather a presentation of the people who are demonized, correctly or incorrectly, for their actions.
  15. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 19, 2013
    80
    After Tiller is impressive because it honestly presents the views of supporters of legal abortion, and is thus a valuable contribution to a public argument that is unlikely to end anytime soon.
  16. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    Jul 25, 2013
    100
    After Tiller is not an important film just because of its political and cultural relevance, but because of its humane and compassionate approach to telling the stories of these doctors, their work and the women that they seek to help.
  17. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 17, 2013
    60
    This is not a choice made lightly by anyone involved, but the admirable, multilayered toughness of these sequences is unfortunately weakened by the filmmakers’ saccharine touch whenever they explore the doctors’ personal lives.
  18. Reviewed by: Alissa Simon
    Jul 25, 2013
    90
    Well contextualized and sensitively shot with extraordinary access, the pic reflects the personal, moral and ethical struggles of the doctors as well as their patients.
  19. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Sep 17, 2013
    90
    As a whole, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's wrenching, humane film is as convincing a brief as I can imagine in favor of that most controversial of all pregnancy-terminating procedures.
  20. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 31, 2013
    75
    After Tiller does viewers the great service of providing light where there’s usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.

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