Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 14, 2013
    Aftermath is a bombshell disguised as a thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 29, 2013
    With its slow-burn pacing and horrifying reveals, Aftermath remains a deeply compelling puzzle.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 15, 2014
    Although Pasikowski is heavy-handed in his filmmaking, sometimes in the extreme, Aftermath does show the danger inherent in this kind of groupthink.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 1, 2013
    Aftermath's avoidance of Holocaust-film tropes lets the picture address weighty historical and moral issues while fitting into the genre shoes of a small-town thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Oct 29, 2013
    What gives Aftermath its peculiar strain of portent is Pasikowski's consistent suggestion of the futility of bold, desperate attempts to undo a wrong.
  6. Reviewed by: Ela Bittencourt
    Oct 28, 2013
    The film isn't so much about the moral atrophy of people who refuse to come to terms with their past as it is about cosmic karma passed from fathers to sons like an ancient curse.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 28, 2014
    An uneven but consistently compelling film that, with its roots in the horrors of World War II, generated no small amount of controversy in its native Poland when it was released there in 2012.
  8. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Nov 1, 2013
    What keeps the film so fascinating is how even its protagonists are greatly flawed. While certainly upsetting, Aftermath takes a look at the dangers inherent in an abundance of truth.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 15, 2013
    Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski has made the mistake of going about his business as if he were fashioning a horror film.
  10. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 1, 2013
    The idea of framing Holocaust atrocities in contemporary genre terms, although intriguing, is not without its perils, and the secret, when revealed, looms too large to fit within the plot’s parameters, creating strange disconnects between form and content.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 31, 2013
    Delivers its Holocaust-related story with the clunking force of a blunt instrument slammed into the skull.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 29, 2013
    Pasikowski isn’t interested in actual characters or narrative nuance; rather, the prime concern here is censuring Polish anti-Semitism, which, no matter how righteous an aim, eventually comes at the expense of engaging storytelling.
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  1. Dec 4, 2013
    About as subtle as a sledgehammer, AFTERMATH has an important story to tell about the duplicity of Poland during the Holocaust and tells it like a horror tale from the depths of WWII. Full Review »
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    According to the authors, this movie is for Poles and about Poles.
    Two brothers are in the center of this controversial move, the older one
    comes from America to visit his younger one after 20 years of living separately. They discovered that their village played a role quite different from the official version during years of Holocaust. They found out much more than they wanted to.

    The movie is made as a thriller which I personally do not like. But I understand the intention: the authors wanted a wide audience to see it and discuss it. And they hit the target. Many theaters in Poland banned the movie but it is sold in DVD format in large numbers. Both authors and actors keep receiving death threats for creating the movie. I applaud their bravery.
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