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  • Summary: After a horrific car accident, Anna wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn't believe she's dead, despite the funeral director's reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death. But Anna's grief—stricken boyfriend Paul still can't shake the nagging suspicion that Eliot isn't what he appears to be. As the funeral nears, Paul gets closer to unlocking the disturbing truth, but it could be too late; Anna may have already begun to cross over the other side. With an unrelenting edge of menace, "After.Life" is a stylish psychological thriller which provocatively questions the line between life and death. (Anchor Bay Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. 75
    The criss-crossing between drama, thriller, and horror is nothing if not arresting. It is also unsettling.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    The potent imagery never meshes with narrative logic in Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's first feature, promising more than it can deliver.
  3. Neeson's performance is so eerie, in a buttoned-down sort of way.
  4. Requires Neeson to stare coldly and talk to corpses, but Ricci has the greater dramatic challenge: She has to operate, unfazed, in close-up nakedness much of the time.
  5. One hates to say it, but after this and "Black Snake Moan," it might be time for the talented actress (Ricci) to keep her clothes on.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    40
    Somewhere in Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's awkward debut feature is a macabre and almost quaint Gothic mystery begging to be left alone.
  7. The dialogue is clumsy, the tone swings between somber and silly and the whole bizarre venture eventually succumbs to rigor mortis.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Sep 1, 2010
    10
    Why do I get a feeling this film will become a cult classic? Maybe it's because of all the comments and intense discussions on boards like IMDB and others. Maybe because it's a film you either love or hate (and if you love it... you LOVE it!). Maybe because it's intelligent and thought-provoking. And maybe it's like no movie you've ever seen before. There's a retro feel about the movie that reminds me of Dario Argento of the old Hammer horror movies -- focusing more on performance and atmosphere rather than slick narrative. Highly recommend it if you're looking for something different and something you'll think about and want to talk about for the next month! Collapse
  2. BomkaziS.
    May 17, 2010
    10
    This movie is very interesting and it consist of different views and possibilities.
  3. Aug 28, 2010
    10
    Fantastic! Unique. Chilling. And very different from the dross that's been vomited up in theaters this year. The director took risks making this movie and most of them come through (although a couple don't, but hey that's what taking risks is all about). What works? The overall sense of dread and incredibly creepy atmosphere. I was literally on the edge of my seat throughout. The acting was superb, in particular Liam Neeson was excellent as the unsettling funeral director. A perfectly restrained and chilling performance. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not for those wanting cheap scary trills, a real original creepy thought provoking triller.
    A great movie, it's a pitty the so called critics in the US were more scared of an actress showing bit of skin than her great performance or the story, I think this film will earn Cult status.

    -Slight spoiler: Even at the end I couldn't tell if he had or thought he had the gift to talk with the dead or was in fact a serial killer, only going through the extras did I get the answer.
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  5. Oct 25, 2010
    9
    This movie has it all. Good actors, effective music, nice, minimal effects, and a story that consistently holds your interest. i will be watching this directors work in the future (although I cannot pronounce the name) I like that it did not have the typical hollywood ending, it left it for the viewer to decide what really happened. Plus looking at Christina Ricci for an hour and a half is nearly always interesting. She's great. Definitely not a waste of a saturday night. Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2011
    8
    It wasn't the very best movie I ever saw, but... Liam gives a chilling performance ( pun intended) Christina Ricci shows some serious acting skill, plus she's naked half the movie. Expand
  7. Mar 10, 2013
    1
    This movie is schizophrenic in that it has no idea in what it is trying to accomplish. It tries to by mysterious, clever and though-provoking, but is really so contrived and awkward, that it is impossible to take seriously. Filled with plenty of plot holes, the plot is more like swiss cheese than a flowing narrative. It will obviously appeal to people who are as "clever and sophisticated" as the director. I actually felt bad for the actors as this movie tarnishes their careers. Expand

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