Afterschool Synopsis
A disaffected teen (Ezra Miller) films the accidental deaths of two classmates.
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Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
It's both a supremely controlled exercise in form and tone and an intriguing exploration of the ways new technology intersects with age-old...
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Campos, a cinematic disciple of Stanley Kubrick and latter-period Gus Van Sant, opts to let the movie do the talking for him. The fact that...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Campos (who was 24 when he made this jolting pic) captures the numbing psychic scramble that just might cause the YouTube generation to go...
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70

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Afterschool, the almost frighteningly accomplished first feature made by Antonio Campos when he was 24, is high school as horror show.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

This is a sophisticated stylistic exercise too rarefied for wide audiences, but earmarked for critical kudos.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Though thin on story, the film shows poise and vision, using bleak cinema-realité techniques with chilling effect. Campos promises to be...
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60

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Compelling performances and some stand-out scenes but this lacks the cohesive language of "Elephant," for example.
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40

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
In truth there isn’t much story here, or much insight either; the kind of alienated teenagers wandering through this film exist in movies...
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40

Variety

By Justin Chang
Unsettles without illuminating, marred by narcotic pacing and a blank lead performance.
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20

Time Out New York

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The public appetite for high-school high jinks may be limitless, but the pretentious camerawork and empty ideas of this feature-length mope...
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A provovocative and disturbing look at the prep school mind in the age of the internet

By Jim F
As discomfiting as it is revealing, this brilliant first feature makes clear that intelligence and privilege can't protect the best and the brightest from the degenerative influences of the modern...