The Sweet Hereafter Synopsis
A lawyer (Ian Holm) prepares to sue over a Canadian bus crash.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Egoyan's voice is so clear and loving, his vision so forgiving and his film so intelligent that you come away refreshed.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This poetic and compassionate drama by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan combines the intricate structure of his earlier movies with an...
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100

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
It's all presented in a detached style that's ultimately much more moving and truthful than any heartstring-slashing weeper. This may be...
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100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
I can think of no other movie that has dared to analyze grief and its aftermath with such naked honesty and precision.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Masterpiece is the right word for The Sweet Hereafter. It is extraordinary: a poem of familial pain, a song of broken embraces. [25...
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is truly a great film -- easily one of 1997's best.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Leaves you shaken and ecstatic at the same time, transported by the vision of a major film artist.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is one of the best films of the year, an unflinching lament for the human condition.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A little movie almost perfectly realized.
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70

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Piercing, sweetly melancholy and acted with a breathtaking eye for nuance.
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