10.21.10 by REELZ
Clint Eastwood's Hereafter opened in a few cities last weekend, and rolls out nationwide tomorrow. When it first screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September, some critics tweeted that it wasn't very good, which led to its deletion from lots of Best Picture prediction lists. Now that it's been more widely seen, reviews are better but still polarized. And, yes, it will still get a Best Picture nomination.
"This is a film for intelligent people who are naturally curious about what happens when the shutters close."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It is a curious movie in both senses of the word: an unusual experience and an open-ended inquiry into something nobody can really claim to understand. It leaves you wondering, which may be the most fitting way of saying that it's wonderful."
— A. O. Scott, New York Times
"... a pensive saga that transcends death and lyrically examines our darkest fears and our most deeply held beliefs."
— Claudia Puig, USA Today
"When an 80-year-old director turns his attention to death, you hope for some insight, or gravitas, or even whimsy or anger. Hereafter has none of that."
— Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Multiple story lines cross international borders to mix personal tragedy with post-9/11 existential terror: Hereafter is a mawkish mondo mistico, obvious, schematic, and sometimes subtitled."
— J. Hoberman, Village Voice
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