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TIFF ’10: Vicious early reviews for Clint Eastwood’s ‘Hereafter’

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Clint Eastwood’s supernatural “Hereafter” had its world premiere in Toronto tonight at a jam-packed Elgin Theatre, but reaction from the masses so far has not been kind.

One hour after the film began, noted film scribe James Rocchi reported via his Twitter feed, “Walked out; Shabby, cliche, manipulative Stuff White Oscar Voters Like. MILLION DOLLAR BABY-level trash.”

Hey, James, some of us liked “Million Dollar Baby.” In response to Rocchi, Erik Childress of eFilmCritic tweeted, “Hereafter might be the worst thing Eastwood has ever directed.”

Oof. Erik must not have seen “Blood Work,” “Changeling,” or “The Rookie.”

These unfavorable reactions come on the heels to lukewarm responses from a small, press-only screening held Saturday afternoon at Scotiabank. Mike D’Angelo gave “HereAfter” a 25/100 rating, tweeting, “3 useless narratives go nowhere for 100 mins, then pointlessly converge in a way that’d make G. Arriaga crack up.”

And then there was Slash Film’s Peter Sciretta, who reported (via In Contention) that Eastwood’s film “was compelling but ultimately unsatisfying and rather pointless.”

There should be plenty more feedback on the film as the premiere draws to a close, and Eastwood no doubt will find supporters. This might just be younger critics not connecting to Clint’s material, which seems – from the trailer – to be a rumination on death and the afterlife.

I’ll post more reactions tomorrow.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • September 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    Clint Eastwood’s new film “HearAfter” is scheduled for October 22. I have not seem it but from what I hear and read it reminds me of a book I read called “The Spirit Serens” very similar, it has all the things some critic’s would have want to see in a film dealing with the afterlife. It does not fall under the same trappings of “Hereafter” and “What dreams my come” to which is set to film next year around this time.

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