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Hereafter Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

Psychic hotline to comedy. Read full review

2.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Sincere, silly spiritualism. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    56

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Either you buy their Vaseline-lensed visions of the hereafter, or you watch in stony silence, as I did, wondering why there's no one to care about.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The signature Eastwoodian music that the director lays over the proceedings - piano tinkle, guitar pluck, and an echo of Rachmaninoff out of Noël Coward's Brief Encounter - can't hold the assemblage together.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film never is less than intriguing, right from its tour de force opening sequence, and often full of insights into why people long for answers, sometimes with great urgency.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It calmly examines death, grief and melancholy, packing an unexpectedly profound emotional gut-punch.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Intense drama asks what comes after death.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Clint Eastwood-directed drama (which stars Matt Damon) deals with the weighty subjects of death and the afterlife and may prove too intense for tweens and younger teens. At moments -- especially when examining how death affects those left behind -- it’s steeped in melancholy; one child even loses his twin brother. The first 10 minutes (which recreate 2004's horrific tsunami) are realistically terrifying; there are also other upsetting sequences involving a car accident, some swearing (including "f--k"), and a character who's addicted to drugs. Still, the movie tackles its tough subjects with empathy and raises significant questions about faith and grief.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it saying about the afterlife/hereafter? Is it trying to convince viewers to believe something specific?
  • Can you think of other movies that have imagined the afterlife? How does this one compare?
  • Were any parts of the movie upsetting/alarming? Why?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Though the movie's themes are heavy, it has a somewhat hopeful message about life after death. Nobody is vilified in the film for either believing or not believing in the idea of the hereafter. There’s also a longing for connection that rings true.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Marie is fearless; when faced with incredulity about what she thinks comes after death, she sets out to make her case rather than giving in to avoid confrontation. George is somewhat closed off, but his attempts at being social are notable. The bond between Marcus and his brother is admirable and moving. These three don’t stop searching, which makes them fascinating to watch.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: The movie opens with a frighteningly realistic portrayal of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed thousands of lives. Viewers see the water sweeping into the coast and engulfing homes and people, including a woman who gets hit by a vehicle. Another scene shows a boy being run over by a car as he tries to escape the clutches of a bullying mob. Frank discussion of death and how some people die; one character brings up a secret about sexual abuse.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Couples flirt, embrace, and kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: Limited use of "s--t" and "f--k," plus "crap," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Product names/labels shown include Nikon, Coca-Cola, Vicks, Virgin, and BlackBerry.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One woman is an addict; her arms are shown with syringe marks. Some social drinking.

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