Tempering the film's oppressive emotions, the cinematographer Zoe White's exquisite compositions charge leaden rain clouds and rustling branches with eerie life, and dusty indoor corners with shadowy secrets.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Unfortunately, the subdued tone only adds distance, not depth, to their unstated issues.
Bill Stamets - Chicago Sun-Times
Promises more illumination than it delivers.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Afterlight proceeds without much discernible plot or character development, its objects and places exuding more backstory than its people, though Rip Torn as the father of the sole male protagonist lends a certain woodsy authenticity.
Ronnie Scheib - Variety
It's hard to embrace this glacially paced, symbolism-heavy film's elusive - when it's not being elliptical - story about a city couple's escape to rural life.
Gary Goldstein - Los Angeles Times
The director-writer-editor pair, and cinematographer White, show a sheer love of moviemaking that often makes their film a joy to watch.
Michael Wilmington - Movie City News
A quietly intense, engrossing and intelligent drama brimming with haunting imagery and poignant lyricism.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
[This] proudly minimalist affair favors ambiguity over soap-operatics.
- Time Out