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Violence and voyeurism lurk beneath the surface of life at an exclusive prep school in this independent drama. Robert (Ezra Miller) is a high school student who has made a hobby out of dulling his senses with violent pornography that he finds on the Internet. While Robert doesn't have many friends, he does have a habit of documenting the habits of his classmates with a digital video camera, and he happens to be on hand when two girls from his class succumb to fatal drug overdoses. As the deaths leave the school's faculty at a lost for what to do and send many of the students into a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's both a supremely controlled exercise in form and tone and an intriguing exploration of the ways new technology intersects with age-old questions of dominance, control and individuality, particularly in the school setting."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Those with the patience to wait out Mr. Campos's overindulgences will definitely leave Afterschool unnerved, which is probably exactly what he had in mind."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Antonio Campos' Afterschool plays like the creepy younger brother of Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"This is a little movie well worth checking out. The performances are very natural, and the themes are enticingly provocative."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Perhaps it is the intent of Afterschool, to create such a distancing effect the viewer is forced to observe, perhaps even critique these young people's experience. If this is the case, Afterschool is one long period of detention."
‑ Cole Hornaday, Boxoffice Magazine
"Anthony Campos (who was 24 when he made this jolting pic) captures the numbing psychic scramble that just might cause the YouTube generation to go morally haywire. Or become filmmakers."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The passing of time and the evolution of technology may give it an expiration date, but more likely, Campos' film stands to be an essential document of what it was like to be a young person in the late '00s."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The film examines such relevant issues as violence in school, voyeurism, and abuse."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Whatever happened to the analog days when kids found contentment by cramming phone booths, sitting on flagpoles or simply going steady?"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Campos has developed a style of his own, one that owes as much to video installations as it does to cinematic narrative."
‑ Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
"Though thin on story, the film shows poise and vision, using bleak cinema-realite techniques with chilling effect. Campos promises to be heard from again."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"If you've ever balked at drifty solitude or video meta-hell in the films of Gus Van Sant or Michael Haneke, this pale imitation will drive you batty."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Time Out New York
"When not downright creepy, it's quietly damning of an administration willing to point all the wrong fingers and play up all the wrong angles before brushing the matter aside."
‑ William Goss, Cinematical
"Antonio Campos's character study of a prep school social misfit named Robert (Ezra Miller) is an intimate psychological journey into a coded juvenile mindset."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Deserves credit for managing to make prep school seem like the most hellish place on the planet, but is at some points hard to watch for all the wrong reasons."
‑ Brian Juergens,
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