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Based on 23 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Egoyan's voice is so clear and loving, his vision so forgiving and his film so intelligent that you come away refreshed. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A little movie almost perfectly realized. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Masterpiece is the right word for The Sweet Hereafter. It is extraordinary: a poem of familial pain, a song of broken embraces. [25 December 1997, Tempo, p.1] show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is truly a great film -- easily one of 1997's best. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the best films of the year, an unflinching lament for the human condition. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This poetic and compassionate drama by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan combines the intricate structure of his earlier movies with an emotional power that raises his remarkable career to a whole new level. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Piercing, sweetly melancholy and acted with a breathtaking eye for nuance. show more

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    I can think of no other movie that has dared to analyze grief and its aftermath with such naked honesty and precision. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Leaves you shaken and ecstatic at the same time, transported by the vision of a major film artist. show more

  • 100
    Keith Phipps The A.V. Club

    It's all presented in a detached style that's ultimately much more moving and truthful than any heartstring-slashing weeper. This may be Egoyan's best work yet, and it's surely one of the best films of the year. show more

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