Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Apr 8, 2012
    90
    Pablo Larrain's breathtaking visual command makes for enthralling viewing in Post Mortem, a rigorous, formally controlled yet emotionally gripping drama set during Chile's bloody 1973 military coup.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 11, 2012
    83
    Larrain crafts Post Mortem as a slow, quiet character study, narrowing in on Castro in his home and office while the world outside descends into madness.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 9, 2012
    83
    Post Mortem portrays the specter of dictatorship through the lens of one man's private hell.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 8, 2012
    80
    With its pale, washed-out colour palette, its eerily slow, almost somnambulist pacing and occasionally bizarre emotional demonstrations, Post Mortem is strangely gripping.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Apr 8, 2012
    80
    This is a chilling portrayal of a deeply unsympathetic protagonist.
  6. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    Apr 8, 2012
    80
    A sometimes shocking, often moving journey through a blood-stained corner of the past. Like Costa Gavras's "Missing" through the eyes of an everyday Chilean.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Apr 13, 2012
    75
    Pablo Larraín and Alfredo Castro - the director and star, respectively, of the acclaimed Chilean black comedy "Tony Manero" (2008) - reunite in the chilling Post Mortem.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 11, 2012
    75
    Rather than rushing to determine the cause of death – of love, or of a country -- it stubbornly keeps listening for a heartbeat, even though there may not be one.
  9. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Apr 10, 2012
    70
    Often drolly, coolly morbid, Post Mortem also operates just as effectively in a more nakedly direct register.
  10. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Apr 8, 2012
    70
    Intriguing but understated.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Apr 16, 2012
    65
    Post Mortem is - intentionally - not an engaging movie. And Larrain sometimes overplays the existential anguish, notably during a few scenes of joyless, mechanical sexual release.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 8, 2012
    63
    Pablo Larraín employs ultra-widescreen cinematography for constricting close-ups and inhospitably alienating compositions that generate a nasty chill, the director keeping the army's brutality off screen to amplify a sense of oppressive malevolence.
  13. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 10, 2012
    60
    The sweep and energy of historical drama are notably missing from this grim, intense, mordantly comic little film.
  14. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 10, 2012
    60
    With his sophomore feature, "Tony Manero" (2008), filmmaker Pablo Larraín gave us both a memorably maniacal main character and a black-joke metaphor about the free-floating psychosis wafting through Pinochet's Chile.

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