The Sweet Hereafter
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A delicate and touching story."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As in Egoyan's Exotica and The Adjuster, past and present are intricately fused by the crisp editing, the mournful shadings of Mychael Danna's score and Paul Sarossy's austere wide-screen cinematography"
‑ John Hartl,
"In its unsparing depiction of the loneliness and despair that afflicts the tragedy-wracked town of Sam Dent, The Sweet Hereafter is one of the coldest movies ever made."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Film Freak Central
"Molds the past, present, and future into a tapestry of the cyclical nature of human suffering."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"This isn't a "flick" or a "movie". This is a film."
‑ John Venable,
"Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan's most ambitious work to date, The Sweet Hereafter is a rich, complex meditation on the impact of a terrible tragedy on a small town."
‑ Brendan Kelly, Variety
"a new moral urgency seems to invigorate this film"
‑ Peter Brunette,
"Cuts to the bone and stays there long after its end credits have finished rolling."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Based on Russell Banks' tragic novel about a town grieving for 14 children killed in a bus crash, easily makes my list of top 1997 films."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"A stirring portrait of a community struggling to heal in the wake of a crisis."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Boxoffice Magazine
"Though this is Egoyan's first adaptation, The Sweet Hereafter could serve as a model for how to do it right."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The film searches for that place in the heart where we feel sadness and squeezes it persuasively."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"...intelligent, stately paced film"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Visits the impossible contradictions of bereavement with clear-eyed compassion."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Explores the ways in which a tragedy enhances rather than diminishes a town's sense of community."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
More reviews for The Sweet Hereafter on Rotten Tomatoes

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