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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense drama asks what comes after death.

Movie PG-13 2010 126 minutes
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age 13+

It Was OK

This was a very moving movie. Though it is pretty frightning because it has intese scenes. Also kids might be afraid of the idea of talking to the dead.

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Too much violence
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Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (8 ):

HEREAFTER is compelling enough to stick with you long after you watch it. It's earnest, serious, and inquisitive -- all good things in a movie, and certainly more than what you get in most movies nowadays. The actors are on their game, and director Clint Eastwood displays the same surety we've seen in his previous endeavors. He allows scenes to linger where other directors might have moved on from lack of confidence (or vision); he knows how to frame a shot so that we can't take our eyes away.

But the film spends much of its currency almost immediately, staging an awe-inspiring and frighteningly realistic version of the tsunami that wrecked the Asian continent and claimed so many lives in late 2004. There's such terror and immediacy in the first 10 minutes that what follows, by comparison, lacks power. Also, Damon's George has a sluggish storyline and is maddeningly accepting of the isolation that his special skills bring him; when he finally moves to change his course, it almost doesn't ring true. And though Eastwood appears to have a point of view on the afterlife, we're left with more questions than answers. To paraphrase the song, "Alfie": What is it all about, after all? Is it just for the moment we live?

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 15, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: March 15, 2011
  • Cast: Cecile De France , Jay Mohr , Matt Damon
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 126 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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