Anchor Bay Films
Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 07, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

After.Life

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
04/09/10
performer
Justin Long, Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci
distributor
Anchor Bay Entertainment
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

A methodical mortician (Liam Neeson) prepares the body of a young woman (Christina Ricci) for her funeral. But is she dead or, you know, just resting, Monty Python Parrot Sketch-style? Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo’s precious, heavily art directed meditation on the nether space between the living and the dead requires Neeson to stare coldly and talk to corpses, but Ricci has the greater dramatic challenge: She has to operate, unfazed, in close-up nakedness much of the time, while the camera practically licks her pale skin. Justin Long’s one-note assignment, meanwhile, is to gnash teeth as her heartbroken boyfriend. C?

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