[Ricci] has to operate, unfazed, in close-up nakedness much of the time, while the camera practically licks her pale skin.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Ms. Wojtowicz-Vosloo seems to have spent too much time trying to make an art-house chiller instead of an effective film.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
What might have played well as a multipage Poe rumination gradually gets pulled to bits by thudding Ricci-Neeson face-offs in the poster-ready funeral-prep chamber.
Nicolas Rapold - Village Voice
While nobody comes out especially well, Ricci is the only one required to spend much of the movie naked. And for what?
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The dialogue is clumsy, the tone swings between somber and silly and the whole bizarre venture eventually succumbs to rigor mortis.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
I think, in a way, the film short-changes itself by not coming down on one side or the other. As it stands, it's a framework for horror situations but cannot be anything deeper.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Clean, precise and terribly sullen, After.Life is like its female protagonist. It feels stuck between worlds, or genres.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Thematic rigor mortis sets in long before the final reel.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Best of all is Neeson, who is nicely creepy. Whether he's genuinely gifted or knuckle-chewing insane, he's not the kind of guy you'd want to spend time with, either way.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
It's too dull for grown-ups and too nightmarish for children. It makes Nip/Tuck look like a Mel Brooks musical.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
On a plot level, few of the psychodrama elements make much sense.
Ronnie Scheib - Variety
I don't think we're expected to take After.Life any more seriously than Ricci's last extended (near) nude role in the immortal Black Snake Moan. That one was more fun.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
I admire filmmakers who take chances and defy expectations.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A stylish piece of horror-movie hokum.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Wojtowicz-Vosloo just piles on the nonsense back and forth in a laughably incomprehensible muddle.
David Germain - Associated Press
Neither horrific enough to scare, nor psychologically thrilling enough to even register a pulse. And whatever fun there is to be found, and there were hoots aplenty, it's of the "laughing at, not with" variety.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
You should just go see it for yourself. Unless you shouldn't.
Dave White - Movies.com
Despite the meandering pace, and lack of fearsome thrills, After.Life is a chilling fairytale that grabs you and takes you on a strangely hypnotic ride.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
There is too much reliance on one character's word against another which leads the audience back and forth over the truth.
Mike Barnard - Future Movies UK
takes its ambiguities all the way to the grave - and beyond.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
makes you think too much about what it's doing, rather than what it's about, thus drawing you away from the deeper philosophical questions of life and death at its core
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Born again Ricci haunts a mortuary, while perfecting post-mortem freaky in the nude. This may or may not be your cup of embalming fluid, whether intriguing those with unconventional viewing preferences, or seriously creeping you out.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Radio
Confusing chiller explores death; too dark for teens.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
It dresses up boilerplate horror in a classy shell, yet never gives it the pulse it needs.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
Has some first-timer flaws but avoids 'cheesy horror movie' status by serious tapping into the vein Poe mined for premature burial.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
An atmospheric effort curious enough to intrigue both hardcore horror fans and those simply looking for a good thriller.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Plays like a snooty, deliberately obtuse version of Saw.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
I have seen my share of cheapie horror flicks that invariably end with the CARNIVAL OF SOULS twist...[Wojtowicz-Vosloo] knows you know this stuff, and offers it up as a possibility right off the bat.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Sporadically creepy, stylish and initially suspenseful, but ultimately unimaginative, asinine and deficient in clever surprises and palpable thrills.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
a distasteful exercise in the proper disposition of the deceased during funeral preparations with less blood in it than the corpses that populate it
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Doesn't really work either as a scary movie or as a food-for-thought cautionary tale.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Almost imperceptibly, the 'is she alive or dead' equation takes over the entire affair.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
This ambitious little horror movie deserves credit for its art house aspirations...unfortunately, this is a case when 'vaulting ambition' o'erleaps itself and falls.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Boring horror movies are common but what distinguishes After.Life is the pretension with which the boredom is doled out.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Neeson floats through the picture with the conked demeanor of a man who's suffered an accidental self-lobotomy.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Slightly creepy and very well-shot, but essentially it's a Twilight Zone concept that's been (unkindly) stretched to feature length.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
If someone needs to be convinced they're dead, Neeson should make the argument.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
You end up with something that's half art film, half hokum, and the actors, particularly the fitful Ricci, seem unsure of how to approach the material.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Though elegantly made, 'After.Life' is basically one long tease that in the end doesn't deliver much beyond further obfuscation.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
... guilt by association ... with Death himself. ... Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo exploits that unease and does it well.
Andy Klein - Brand X
Neeson's right -- something's definitely deceased here. But it's the whole picture. And a swift interment on DVD and late-night cable seems in the best interest of everyone.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Maddeningly inert [and] caught in a pretentious no-man's land between horror and melodrama.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Wojtowicz-Vosloo certainly knows how to use a camera. Now she just needs to learn how to entertain an audience - or at least come up with a film that doesn't try so hard to be profound yet has absolutely nothing to say...
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Boiled down to what's actually presented, the whole movie is misdirection, executed without any subtlety.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Considering the weakness of the material that she has been given to work with, Ricci does what she can but the only person likely to cherish this particular performance is Mr. Skin.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Let's just get down to the basics: If you want to see both a movie that keeps you guessing as to what's really happening AND Christina Ricci naked %u2013 then After.Life is for you.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
A few moments of grim humor simply underline long stretches of tedium, and the imagery is full of spook film cliches. Although there's a juicy role for Liam Neeson, and he's good, it's just not enough.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
After.Life is a fascinating premise lost inside a meandering script.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Neeson clearly relishes the role, but he never plays to the cheap seats by going whole-hog psychotic. The character's motivations remain tantalizingly opaque from first frame to last.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Either you'll go with After.Life's conceit or you won't. Even if you do, you're left with more questions about its plausibility than you'll be comfortable with.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Born again Christina Ricci haunts a mortuary, while perfecting post-mortem freaky in the nude. This may or may not be your cup of embalming fluid, in terms of either intriguing those with unconventional viewing preferences, or seriously creeping you out.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Its attempts to intriguingly address issues of life and death are undercut by silly vagueness and sillier gratuitous T&A.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A tense, elegant, intelligent thriller that will have audiences debating whether Liam Neeson's character is a serial killer or a kindly mortician.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve