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Set in the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, AFTER tells the story of a middle class family struggling with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries. But, what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance-- and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch, (played by Academy Award-nominee, Kathleen Quinlan)-- is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. A searing study of denial, deception, and self-delusion, AFTER is also a powerful portrait of the lengths we go… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""After" catalogs so many clichés in the dysfunctional family at its center that the film could be taught in a screenwriting class as a lesson in what not to do."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"A frequently absorbing miserablist family drama shot in appropriately chilly winter tones ..."
‑ Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice
"Family drama set in upstate New York and revolving around a devastating secret which ultimately rings as hollow as the film itself."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Writer Sabrina Gennarino works hard to craft a layered drama, but the result -- at least under director Pieter Gaspersz -- is hammy schmaltz."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"Viewers ... are left with little to do but endure a lot of seemingly unprovoked family tensions while waiting for the inevitable revelation."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Gaspersz embeds you with this family's struggles, and almost makes you care about what happens to them all in the end"
‑ Christopher Null, Film Racket
"Kind of irritating in is purposeful disingenuousness and determined challenges to plausibility."
‑ Glenn Kenny,
"I've never had a movie try to guilt me into acceptance right before the credits rolled, but I guess there's a first time for everything?"
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"[There's] a fairly far-fetched twist that feels out of place in this realism-based drama."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"American tragedy serves as underfed underpinning for rote theatrics in After, an unpersuasive ensemble drama that settles into a self-serious glide-path of inanity early on, never to recover."
‑ Brent Simon, Paste Magazine
"How often does a film come along that truly, deeply pisses you off?"
‑ Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine
"Throughout After, the filmmakers crank the trials of the film's Valentino family up to 11, sans irony or subversion."
‑ Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
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