88

RogerEbert.com

By Matt Zoller Seitz
After Earth is ultimately too thin of a story to support all of its grandiose embellishments, but so what? It's better to try to pack every moment with beauty and feeling than to shrug and smirk. The film takes the characters and their feelings seriously, and lets its actors give strong, simple performances.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In truth, despite more corn than Mel Gibson grows on his farm in "Signs" (another Shyamalan effort), After Earth is worth a look.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Won't change your world, but it's attractive and Smith the Elder, lowering his voice to subterranean James Earl Jones levels, delivers a shrewd minimalist performance. His son may get there yet.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
There’s nothing more to this movie than the set-up. Even though Cypher is slowly bleeding to death, and Kitai is running out of oxygen capsules that allow him to breathe in the toxic air, there’s no sense of urgency, either. At least Shyamalan, sensing the thinness of the material, doesn’t stretch things out.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though it's meant to be pulse-pounding, After Earth is a lethargic slog.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
The disappointingly generic film, which strands a father and son on Earth a thousand years after a planet-wide evacuation, will leave genre audiences pining for the more Terra-centric conceits of "Oblivion," not to mention countless other future-set films that find novelty in making familiar surroundings threatening.
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35

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
A disastrous father-son endeavor about a calamitous father-son expedition, After Earth doesn't play to the strengths of any of its major participants.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Jaden is not ready for his solo spotlight, and the film is the same action over and over. Another bad movie from Shyamalan.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The young Smith has energy, but not the acting chops. And he's no miracle worker. The burden of carrying this dull, lifeless movie is just too much. And it's hell on an audience. It's not a good sign when you sit there thinking – Make. It. Stop.
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33 out of 100
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