Afterschool (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Antonio Campos'Afterschool is an intelligent, ambitious debut that boasts strong performances and plenty of ideas.

Andrew O'Hehir

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.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

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.

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Simon Miraudo

Antonio Campos' Afterschool plays like the creepy younger brother of Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Emanuel Levy

The film examines such relevant issues as violence in school, voyeurism, and abuse.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Afterschool, the almost frighteningly accomplished first feature made by Antonio Campos when he was 24, is high school as horror show.

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William Goss

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
Well that's 100 minutes I'll never get back. I tracked down "Afterschool" because it was produced by Sean Durkin, writer/director of the… More
Kevin "The Ninja"
Afterschool is filmed and paced in a very simplistic manner, which might be why the film has a haunting feeling. As a director I have never heard of Antonio… More