“Hilarious, Dramatic, Thrilling And Beautiful, This Movie Has It All And An All Star Cast That Knows How To Deliver. The Only Thing Truly Criminal Is If This Movie Isn’t A Hit.”
The result is a knowingly preposterous toy thriller -- a sheer escape from consequence.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek play partners-in-crime in a jewel-heist frolic so stale it feels like a retread of a retread.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
The movie grows progressively more routine in quarter-hour increments, eventually collapsing under the weight of its own insignificance.
Mike Clark - USA Today
The film is thin, insipid and unconvincing except when it argues for Salma Hayek's beauty.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
After the Sunset fizzles so quickly that it's hard to care about the answers to any of the cliched mysteries it attempts to solve.
Jen Chaney - Washington Post
After the Sunset is content to take in the sights and ogle the ladies.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
To pass the time between the product placements, director Brett Ratner tries to squeeze chuckles out of gay-panic set pieces, the quaint antics of colorful natives, and Woody Harrelson's surreal miscasting as the FBI agent.
Jorge Morales - Village Voice
When the movie can tear itself away from Lola, it's more of a buddy comedy than a heist film, and a bad one at that.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
After the Sunset is about as flat-footed a heist caper as I've ever seen: clumsy where it should be graceful, lumpy where it should be sleek.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
After the Sunset is skillfully made, but it's not necessary.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
With nothing at stake and little mortal peril, Sunset loses most of its dramatic tension.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
A deliberately mindless action comedy that invites us to lose ourselves, without any PC guilt, in its hedonistic enticements.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
After the Sunset is the kind of glossy, Hollywood-forged waste of time that would depress even the most happily lackadaisical retiree.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's effective stuff -- as far as it goes. But anyone expecting something more from After the Sunset will feel as if they've been robbed.
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's big, dumb fun at its best, and it isn't always at its best.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Like a tropical drink served at a resort bar, After the Sunset looks pretty but has zero kick.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
While After the Sunset is never exactly dull and is smartly cut to a brief running time, it never quickens the pulse.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A slick if hyper-predictable comic caper.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
One of the worst heist pictures ever.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
One of the most lackadaisical Hollywood projects of the year.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The movie floats by like a drunken, mindless afternoon.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A film of small moments and big laughs.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The movie comes off more like a watered-down film version of an Elmore Leonard crime novel set in tropical climes, only without his gritty edge or sagacious take on the human condition.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A movie utterly devoid of wit , excitement and any reason for being.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
An unalloyed delight, bright and breezy escapist fare that's pure entertainment, filled with romance, adventure, humor, action, suspense, beautiful scenery and beautiful people.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Unappealing characters and a dumb story. Skip it.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Gregory Freitas - Hollywood.com
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
...a fluffy time-killer.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The mix of thievery intrigue, humor, exotic slacking and animal attraction are a classy recipe for stealing audience affections.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
After the Sunset is the sort of movie that may not find its ideal audience until channel-surfing insomniacs discover it late some evening, long, long after sunset indeed.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Audiences seeking mild diversion might prefer approaching it as Lola does her new surroundings: 'The challenge is to find joy in simple things'.
Anil Sinanan - Time Out
As guilty pleasures go, this is as good as three rum punches on a hot afternoon at a beach bar. It won't do you any good, but hey, it's a lot of fun.
William Thomas - Empire Magazine
- Sydney Morning Herald
Behind the curve.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
The dialogue mimics the terseness [of Elmore Leonard's work] without the snap or humor. Almost every word sounds recycled from another movie.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Folks who like these actors will probably have fun with the film. Just don't go in with high expectations, as the script and direction are merely average.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Beautiful to look at (particularly any scene containing Salma Hayek) and has a zippy energy, but there's nothing going on underneath its attractive surface.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
What you get with this film is an unoriginal concept using the backdrop of a resort to lure us to see a heist film where our time is only thing that was stolen.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Like a holiday page-turner, there's nothing terribly profound in this heist movie cum-comedy, but the characters are likeable and it's easy on the eye.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
That's when most of us sleep.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
They forgot the "r" in "caper"
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Devoid of a clever script and truly charismatic chemistry, it plays out as one big, glossy yawn.
David Noh - Film Journal International
All polish trying to cover up an unsanded surface.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
...[a] hollow heist flick. Alas, After the Sunset maintains having the trivial tension of a fifth grade spelling bee contest. Repeat after me...Paradise Lost.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Spends so much time down Selma Hayek's shirt fronts that we come away suffocated.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Every bit as easygoing as its tropical island setting, and every bit as uninspired and uninspiring. Its pleasantness is its undoing.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Light-hearted, enjoyable caper flick that gets good mileage from both its stunning locations and its equally stunning cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
I expected something truly ghastly [and] found myself reasonably entertained. But it's hard to actually encourage you to shell out good money to see it, so I won't do that.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
After a bright set-up, Sunset goes down quickly during Brosnan's soggy final caper.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Beyond the eye candy represented by the stars and their sun-soaked surroundings, there's little else that's memorable about this disposable tissue of a movie.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
After the Sunset tries to be two different films.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
After the Sunset looks great and has good actors, but it generally fails at what it really wants to do.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Salma Hayek is great eye candy and this comedy caper is fun with Woody Harrelson providing most of the laughs. This is a fun diversion film not to be taken too seriously.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
A ho-hum heist flick.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Pretty sunsets, pretty people, and some pretty silly shenanigans are what you'll see in "After the Sunset." It's an average caper flick that's mostly for show.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The combo of exotic lady and exotic location fails to distract from varying and unsuccessful attempts to blend romance and comedy with half-hearted heist intrigue.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Slack, ambitionless Elmore Leonard-lite. Brett Ratner has matured into one of the dullest young filmmakers working today.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Finally, he has made a film that rises above mediocrity, though we can probably credit its mild, inoffensive pleasures more to chance than to Ratner's skill.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Shot in the Bahamas with lots of plugs for the Atlantis resort, After the Sunset looks great but is the cinematic equivalent of empty calories.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Contrived, unconvincing, and formulaic, Brett Ratner's film has nothing in common with the superior Pierce Brosnan caper flick "The Thomas Crown Affair"**
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
The kind of film that asks very little of its audience but offers much in return.
Scott Collura - Now Playing Magazine
From a distance the poster for this movie makes Brosnan look like he is playing in "Dawn of the Dead," and maybe that would have been a better choice for him.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek attempt to heat up the screen in the action caper "After the Sunset"... but despite effective pacing, the movie barely reaches a simmer.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Do the people who make movies not realize that most of us have seen movies before and are therefore not impressed when the same formulas keep popping up again and again?
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Well, maybe they're just fine actors, but Brosnan and Hayek have a perfectly rowdy way of making comedy romantic.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Inane and a bit rote.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Basically, it's a 'cute' date movie or video rental that is likely to be appreciated by most anyone on an aesthetic front, and likely entertain most enough to be satisfied as you walk out of the theater.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
James Verniere - Boston Herald
- Boston Phoenix
It's not that great a picture, but it does what it's supposed to do and that's why you spend the bucks after all isn't it?
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
in need of better characters, a better script, and a touch of evil
Pete Croatto - Filmcritic.com
If Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief was the silk purse of travel brochure caper movies, After the Sunset is the pocket plastic disposable.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A feature-length travel destination video about how your next Bahamas getaway will leave you feeling like a millionaire.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
Amiable pop entertainment.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A generic heist movie that basks in the balmy glow of the Caribbean sun.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
One shouldn't be too quick to put down this sort of efficient if generic filmmaking. [i]After the Sunset[/i] has modest goals, and achieves them.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
This tired caper comedy is permanently trapped in the doldrums, drifting listlessly from one gadget-heavy set piece to another without ever stirring up so much as a ripple of energy.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The witless inanity of After the Sunset is so numbing that the sole reason for any living creature to sit through it is to marvel at the speed and variety of actress Salma Hayek's costume changes.
Bill Gallo - Dallas Observer
After the Sunset promises Hitchcock-style sophistication then delivers Heist Movies for Dummies instead.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
You've seen this movie many times before, but After the Sunset is kind of fun nonetheless.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
- Baltimore Sun
Even with the delicious Salma Hayek on board, the biggest boobs in this dumb heist flick are the characters played by Pierce Brosnan and Woody Harrelson.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Tres tres leger et amusant en petites doses.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Leading man Pierce Brosnan leaves his world-saving James Bond exploits behind, but he's still engaged in risky business.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The romance in After the Sunset is never as steamy as it should be, given the bodies involved, and the heist is never as clever as it should be, given what's at risk.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
With its warm, fun in the sun Bahamian locale, After the Sunset goes on like a comfortable pair of linen beach trousers - with holes in it.
Anthony D'Alessandro - FilmStew.com
[A] mostly terrible heist comedy.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
A cheesy, frequently sophomoric caper comedy.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
At its best, After the Sunset still isn't much more than a bauble.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A movie that yearns for the circumstance, wit and integrity of an Elmore Leonard comedic actioner.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Plays as if a goodly number of [umbrella drinks] were consumed throughout production.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
A fun romp with nothing much to remember.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Brosnan sounds and looks a little tired. But then, so does the entire film.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Limp, implausible, unthrilling, unfunny and vaguely sleazy.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Most of After the Sunset runs like a bureau of tourism commercial for the Bahamas, even though much of the flick is filmed near Malibu. Go figure.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
There isn't a single good thing about this movie.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A real yawner with no redeeming value
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This is the kind of film that exists solely to show off pretty actors and scenery.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
The movie is a lot like that remora drink Stan is so fond of - it's doesn't pack a punch.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The jokes aren't funny, the romantic encounters are unpersuasive, the pacing sags and drags, and the characters get less appealing as each minute goes by.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
If you've ever wondered what really is important to an aging jewel thief, After the Sunset at least answers that question amusingly.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Who's the real thief here? Pierce Brosnan as a big-time diamond pilferer or director Brett Ratner, who basically lifts this entire flick from a bunch of heists movies we've seen before?
- E! Online
To paraphrase a far greater expert in the heist genre, David Mamet, After The Sunset is like having Elmore Leonard puke and then that puke wrote the script.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Ratner's films chug with the precision of a machine, and with just as little soul.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Like many a real sunset, it'll dazzle and entertain, yet soon be forgotten.
Tracy Allerton - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
This indirect rehash of To Catch a Thief trades Hitchcockian shrewdness for the slickest kinds of Hollywood glitz, gloss, and vulgarity.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
An uneasy mixture that provides none of the pleasures of the genre.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The plot too frequently gets in the way of indulging in the view. If the picture had been kept a travelogue, it might have been better for all concerned.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and exotic Caribbean locations are all a joy to look at. But the story that binds them together is little more than a distraction from all that eye candy.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Bland and nearly personality-free.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
...could only be more fun if you were able to watch it while relaxing on a beach.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
It's no 'Topkapi' but has its moments.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
What [is] most intriguing is the film's pandering to homophobes.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
David Chute - L.A. Weekly
A moment where Brosnan quietly retracts his fishing pole says volumes about the sadness at the so-to-speak root of this testosterone opera.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
After The Sunset is a movie more memorable for Salma Hayek in those bikinis than for the story. Brosnan looks alright, too (if you're into that sort of thing).
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The film is devoted to life after the thievery, where the spoils of victory can be enjoyed to their fullest potential...a great start to this spirited, sun-drenched caper.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Barely a step above the dismal The Big Bounce from earlier this year.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
After the Sunset's carat-and-shtick approach is much more decadent than it is delightful.
John Anderson - Newsday
A predictable but fun heist flick.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
An occasionally amusing but generally dull heist movie.
Bob Townsend - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
They got to make a movie on a beautiful island; the film itself might just be an afterthought. It feels like one, anyway.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The plotting of this otherwise workmanlike comedy-adventure is as fundamentally ridiculous as it is predictable and lacking in tension.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
As far as these kinds of films go, this is one of these kinds of films -- only worse. One of the most unoriginal movies ever made. The Thomas Crown Affair for Dummies.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Don't be fooled; this isn't the heist film you're looking for.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A tired bore with a lot of French kissing.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
A heist flick in which the audience is left out of the best part -- the logistics of the heist. Whose dumb idea was that?
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A series of silly snafus turn this potential smart-sell into a banal trifle.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
From the predictable double-crosses to the dopey locker-room humor, there's nothing here that couldn't have found its way into a heist flick in 1989. Or 1979. Or 1969.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
[I]f Brosnan is still turning heads, Harrelson is still turning stomachs...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
For people satisfied by a world of sound bites - it's made entirely of scenes that might have looked good as storyboards, but are a tiresome mess when put together onscreen.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
After the Sunset is either a comedy that needed more jokes, or a heist movie that needed more tension.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The characters are paper mache, the story so predictable one wonders how anybody could foist it on an audience.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
After the Sunset has the audacity to con audiences with a script seen a million times before.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A long slog through a pretty sea of thankless twaddle.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com