Before and After
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Director Barbet Schroeder and screenwriter Ted Tally adapted the novel by Rosellen Brown into this intriguing drama that, while heavily criticized for a third-act revelation that is something of a cop-out, nevertheless features -- typically of Schroeder's work -- compelling performances, domestic discord, and a search for the truth. Meryl Streep stars as Carolyn Ryan, a rural Massachusetts pediatrician married to Ben (Liam Neeson), a handsome, rugged sculptor. Although theirs is not a picture-perfect marriage, the Ryans consider themselves happy, until police arrive at their home one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"Despite Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and the usually estimable Edward Furlong, this nonevent huffs and puffs to attain even the level of an ordinary motion picture."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"fares poorly when constrained to the screen"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Uneven script, but strong performances by a powerhouse cast."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"A strained but nevertheless involving little personal drama about a delinquent's alleged murderous deed. Schroeder's suspense piece is arbitrary but satisfying thanks to the reliable leads."
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
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