Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 8, 2013
    70
    The script by Roth, Lopez, and Lopez’s frequent collaborator, Guillermo Amoedo, giddily piles crisis upon crisis, with none of the customary mercy reserved for leading characters.
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    May 13, 2013
    67
    The first, pre-'quake half hour is such a patience-testing slow burn that director Nicolás López runs the risk of extinguishing the viewer's interest altogether. But when things head (metaphorically) south they do so with an escalating, apocalyptic ferocity which continues until the very last second.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    May 13, 2013
    67
    Thankfully, as the movie goes along, he tempers his bloodlust, instead engaging in sequences that up the suspense and terror while not exclusively luxuriating in the bloodshed.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 9, 2013
    60
    The violence is quick and occasionally inventive, with little of the attenuated nastiness that characterizes so many genre pictures, and the photography ranges from brightly sun-kissed to down-and-dirty.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 8, 2013
    58
    Right up until the quake, Aftershock is a bland, sub-"Hangover" comedy about guys on the make in South America. Then finally, blessedly, the ground swallows up these shallow idiots.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 9, 2013
    50
    Though offering some chilling twists on the usual conventions, employing wit and restraint where otherwise the filmmakers might have relied on the contents of an abattoir, Aftershock is ultimately predictable in its litany of who lives and who dies, and doesn’t try to be too ironic or self-reflexive about it.
  7. 50
    Aftershock then becomes a catalog of most every unpleasant way of dying you can imagine.
  8. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Apr 8, 2013
    50
    A movie that tends to stick to formula, offering up minimal scares amid scattered moments of gross-out bliss.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 8, 2013
    50
    Aftershock has no earth-shattering revelations to make its mayhem stand out in the wreckage.
  10. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Apr 8, 2013
    45
    At first, it’s all fun and games whenever somebody gets hurt, but that’s not enough in and of itself to sustain the movie’s tension. We’re left waiting for characters to die off without much of a vested interest in anyone’s survival.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 9, 2013
    40
    The ending is sick enough to make it almost worth the wait. Key word: almost.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    May 7, 2013
    40
    People become mere punch lines: fleshy avatars for the gory grist.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 10, 2013
    38
    It's an unrelentingly brutal movie set in an unusually scenic locale — the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile.
  14. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    May 7, 2013
    38
    There's plenty of gore, but none of it is particularly inventive, nor does it engender any visceral or emotional reactions beyond jaded disgust.
  15. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 11, 2013
    30
    If all this sounds outrageous, and extreme … don’t worry, it’s not. Provocation coupled with ineptitude doesn’t reveal the ugliness of humanity; it simply reveals the ugliness of the filmmakers themselves.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 9, 2013
    25
    A weird mash-up of disaster, horror and dystopia genre pictures, Aftershock fails to make the Earth move.
  17. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 7, 2013
    25
    The actual Chilean earthquake killed 300 people and turned thousands more homeless, but this movie distills everything for comic effect. Everyone gets robbed, raped, impaled, mutilated, decapitated or burned alive. But that’s not all. Crawling through the blood-drenched debris, here comes the tsunami!
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 10, 2013
    20
    A lot of Aftershock predictably involves screaming or shock cuts, and the movie features a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo from Selena Gomez.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    May 9, 2013
    20
    Lopez is a middling ringmaster of doom at best. But there's so little context to the litany of ugliness — some played for laughs, some meant to shock — that it's hard to discern where the entertainment value lies in any of this.
  20. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    May 9, 2013
    20
    Aftershock is incompetently made and morally muddled, but since talent, morality, and Mr. Roth have never been on speaking terms, we're not exactly surprised.
User Score
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 7 out of 8
  1. Jul 14, 2013
    0
    Aftershock is the worst movie 2013, and I don't think that any movie could get worst than this movie, this movie should be frightening! ButAftershock is the worst movie 2013, and I don't think that any movie could get worst than this movie, this movie should be frightening! But no, it has 40 MINUTES build up, and then some rape, survival horror and disturbing/vulgar elements that are surprisingly stupid and boring, poor intense, story and acting. Can this movie get worse than this?! Full Review »
  2. Dec 5, 2014
    0
    NO GOD PLEASE NO . What the **** is that? ridiculous movie, meaningless scenes just some calling for the blood and carnage. horrible story,NO GOD PLEASE NO . What the **** is that? ridiculous movie, meaningless scenes just some calling for the blood and carnage. horrible story, characters that you want to die in the entire movie. And THAT ****ING END OF **** ****ING **** WHY THAT **** TSUNAMI CAME THAT **** THAT TIME! THIS IS NOT A SURVIVAL MOVIE, THAT IS A DEATH MOVIE !!! Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2014
    3
    "Aftershock" 10 Scale Rating: 2.5 (Awful) ...

    The Good: It wasn't a bad idea and there are actually a couple of solid twists in an
    "Aftershock" 10 Scale Rating: 2.5 (Awful) ...

    The Good: It wasn't a bad idea and there are actually a couple of solid twists in an otherwise straight-forward film.

    The Bad: Zero characterization despite an actual attempt by the director. I didn't care even a little about any of these people. I'm not sure why Eli Roth puts himself in his films, he is a horrible actor. Could have been decent, but falls flat and is ultimately a weak attempt at social commentary laced with gore.
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