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  • Summary: A Polish man who returns home after the death of his father unearths a secret about the now-deceased Jewish residents of his village.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 14, 2013
    90
    Aftermath is a bombshell disguised as a thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    With its slow-burn pacing and horrifying reveals, Aftermath remains a deeply compelling puzzle.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 15, 2014
    70
    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: Jordan Hoffman
    Nov 1, 2013
    60
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 28, 2014
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 15, 2013
    58
    Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski has made the mistake of going about his business as if he were fashioning a horror film.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 29, 2013
    50
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    7
    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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  2. Dec 4, 2013
    6
    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. Expand