Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    Compelling performances and some stand-out scenes but this lacks the cohesive language of "Elephant," for example.
  2. Campos (who was 24 when he made this jolting pic) captures the numbing psychic scramble that just might cause the YouTube generation to go morally haywire. Or become filmmakers.
  3. 88
    Campos, a cinematic disciple of Stanley Kubrick and latter-period Gus Van Sant, opts to let the movie do the talking for him. The fact that this is a film of few words only adds to its hypnotic, relentless pull.
  4. 63
    Though thin on story, the film shows poise and vision, using bleak cinema-realité techniques with chilling effect. Campos promises to be heard from again.
  5. 90
    It's both a supremely controlled exercise in form and tone and an intriguing exploration of the ways new technology intersects with age-old questions of dominance, control and individuality, particularly in the school setting.
  6. 91
    Afterschool wears its many influences on its sleeve, but it’s very much a movie of the moment. The passing of time and the evolution of technology may give it an expiration date, but more likely, Campos’ film stands to be an essential document of what it was like to be a young person in the late ’00s.
  7. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    This is a sophisticated stylistic exercise too rarefied for wide audiences, but earmarked for critical kudos.
  8. In truth there isn’t much story here, or much insight either; the kind of alienated teenagers wandering through this film exist in movies far out of proportion to their number in real life.
  9. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    20
    The public appetite for high-school high jinks may be limitless, but the pretentious camerawork and empty ideas of this feature-length mope yield little pleasure or insight.
  10. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    Unsettles without illuminating, marred by narcotic pacing and a blank lead performance.
  11. 70
    Afterschool, the almost frighteningly accomplished first feature made by Antonio Campos when he was 24, is high school as horror show.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Feb 17, 2011
    7
    Weighty and socially-critical - "Afterschool" tells the story of Robert, a student feeling out of place at an elite east coast preparatoryWeighty and socially-critical - "Afterschool" tells the story of Robert, a student feeling out of place at an elite east coast preparatory school called Brighton where he spends large parts of his spare-time watching violent and pornographic video-clips on the internet while his roommate Dave sells drugs. Robert get's in touch with his classmate Amy who has a positive effect on him, but one day he accidentally captures the death of two senior students with his video camera and things change.
    Antonio Campos' feature film debut is a slow-paced and rigidly minimalistic social-drama with a recognizable narrative, which tactfully depicts the aftermath of a tragedy at a private secondary school. Continuously following the main character, surprisingly well acted by débutant Ezra Miller, Antonio Campos forms a sparse though in-depth character study filmed with repetitive close ups, flashbacks, in-zooming and low camera angels. "Afterschool" is a severe tale of overlooked teenage anxiety which intellectually examines themes like voyeurism, alienation, addiction, communication and guilt. It is also a shocking and uneasy portrayal of an emotionally estranged and mentally disturbed teenager darkened by guilt and shame. The quiet and short dialog and the long takes enhances the impending mood in this throughout stark independent thriller only contrasted by the bright colored imagery.
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  2. Jan 17, 2015
    0
    One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Amateur footage, full of robotic performances and a storyline based on banalities of teenagers whoOne of the worst movies I've ever seen. Amateur footage, full of robotic performances and a storyline based on banalities of teenagers who don't have nothing good to do with their lives. A waste of time! Full Review »