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  • Summary: Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated after his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza), unexpectedly dies. When she suddenly rises from the dead, he sees it as a second chance and decides to do and say every thing he wishes he had while she was still alive.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jun 25, 2014
    Blending smart fantasy elements, broad comedy, tender romance and an atypically slow-burning apocalypse, the directorial debut of “I Heart Huckabees” co-writer Jeff Baena is charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 13, 2014
    The premise would make for a great Funny or Die video, but stretched out to feature length, it runs out of ideas pretty quickly. Still, Plaza is terrific. She commits so fully to her rabid, Romero-esque alter ego, she chews the movie up.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 14, 2014
    The best thing Life After Beth has going for it is what star Aubrey Plaza calls its "zom-com-rom-dram" premise. And the clever wordplay of its title.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 13, 2014
    Stars Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan are game, as is the lineup of mostly wasted supporting actors. But what might have been a snappy short is interminable at feature length, the mayhem-in-suburbia conceit generating few laughs as it stomps along.
  5. 50
    Life After Beth is a reasonably fun, medium-gory horror comedy that’s better before the innards hit the fan.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Kassel
    Aug 14, 2014
    It’s a genuine stab at romantic comedy that stumbles more than it strides.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 21, 2014
    The promise of its premise is squandered all too soon in what becomes yet another tiresome exercise in the way-overworked zombie genre.

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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. Aug 15, 2014
    Life After Beth is not your typical romance movie nor it is your typical zombie movie, because in this film there is no build up to the relationship, nor there is a reason for the resurrection. It is caught up between both ideas and executed into this Gothic dark comedy that works and is actually really funny despite some of its flaws. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    Life After Beth combines two of the most overused and dull movie types nowadays, in romantic comedies and zombie movies, and makes a hilarious and heartfelt zombie rom-com. Its not a perfect movie but the fun it has with its premise will allow you to overlook its problems and enjoy your viewing. Expand



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