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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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 this is a film of few words only adds to its hypnotic, relentless pull. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Though thin on story, the film shows poise and vision, using bleak cinema-realité techniques with chilling effect. Campos promises to be heard from again. show more

  • 60
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Compelling performances and some stand-out scenes but this lacks the cohesive language of "Elephant," for example. show more

  • 20
    Time Out New York

    The public appetite for high-school high jinks may be limitless, but the pretentious camerawork and empty ideas of this feature-length mope yield little pleasure or insight. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Campos (who was 24 when he made this jolting pic) captures the numbing psychic scramble that just might cause the YouTube generation to go morally haywire. Or become filmmakers. show more

  • 90
    Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com

    It's both a supremely controlled exercise in form and tone and an intriguing exploration of the ways new technology intersects with age-old questions of dominance, control and individuality, particularly in the school setting. show more

  • 70
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

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

  • 40
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    In truth there isn’t much story here, or much insight either; the kind of alienated teenagers wandering through this film exist in movies far out of proportion to their number in real life. show more

  • 40
    Justin Chang Variety

    Unsettles without illuminating, marred by narcotic pacing and a blank lead performance. show more

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