(2013)

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88
After Earth is ultimately too thin of a story to support all of its grandiose embellishments, but so what? It's better to try to pack every moment with beauty and feeling than to shrug and smirk. The film takes the characters and their feelings seriously, and lets its actors give strong, simple performances.
63
In truth, despite more corn than Mel Gibson grows on his farm in "Signs" (another Shyamalan effort), After Earth is worth a look.
63
Won't change your world, but it's attractive and Smith the Elder, lowering his voice to subterranean James Earl Jones levels, delivers a shrewd minimalist performance. His son may get there yet.
58
The movie takes off from a concept as basic as a videogame, and it sticks to that concept, without surprise.
50
Though it's meant to be pulse-pounding, After Earth is a lethargic slog.
40
The disappointingly generic film, which strands a father and son on Earth a thousand years after a planet-wide evacuation, will leave genre audiences pining for the more Terra-centric conceits of "Oblivion," not to mention countless other future-set films that find novelty in making familiar surroundings threatening.
35
A disastrous father-son endeavor about a calamitous father-son expedition, After Earth doesn't play to the strengths of any of its major participants.
25
Jaden is not ready for his solo spotlight, and the film is the same action over and over. Another bad movie from Shyamalan.
25
The young Smith has energy, but not the acting chops. And he's no miracle worker. The burden of carrying this dull, lifeless movie is just too much. And it's hell on an audience. It's not a good sign when you sit there thinking - Make. It. Stop.
12
After Earth stupefies us with nonsense, such little thought and logic went into this idea that it can't even be considered a rough draft, this is a movie almost daring an audience to emotionally detach throughout. For shame!
0
Summer 2013 has its first bomb, and sadly, it's landed right on Will Smith.

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