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Life After Beth

Drama . Horror . Comedy . Romance

Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she mysteriously returns, he gets a second chance at love. Soon his whole world turns upside down...

Actors: Eva La Dare , Matthew Gray Gubler , Alia Shawkat , Anna Kendrick , Paul Reiser , Cheryl Hines , Molly Shannon , John C. Reilly , Dane DeHaan , Aubrey Plaza
Directors: Jeff Baena
Country: USA
Release: 2014-07-15
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  • Geoff Berkshire

    Blending smart fantasy elements, broad comedy, tender romance and an atypically slow-burning apocalypse, the directorial debut of “I Heart Huckabees” co-writer Jeff Baena is charming, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Williams

    We must surely now be getting close to some sort of zombie saturation point, with even the zomromcom becoming a distinct subsubgenre. On Beth’s evidence, however, there’s life in the undead yet.

    Empire Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Sometimes tender, sometimes frantic and always funny, the film's surprising coherence is exemplified in a climactic scene that pairs credible heartbreak with pure slapstick.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Unfortunately, Life After Beth starts feeling more conventional the wilder and darker it gets, and the laughs become more sparse as the movie winds to its bizarre and but unsatisfying conclusion.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The premise would make for a great Funny or Die video, but stretched out to feature length, it runs out of ideas pretty quickly. Still, Plaza is terrific. She commits so fully to her rabid, Romero-esque alter ego, she chews the movie up.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    If you wanted to, you could see this movie as an allegory about people who love each other but can never connect. Or maybe it’s a warning to parents who turn a blind eye to children’s failings until the family self-destructs.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Featuring an awe-inspiring, stellar performance by Parks and Recreation's (and Wilmington's) Aubrey Plaza as Beth, the film opens with the high school girl's short-lived death.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The best thing Life After Beth has going for it is what star Aubrey Plaza calls its "zom-com-rom-dram" premise. And the clever wordplay of its title.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    Baena takes a well-tread road, leaving behind the guts of his promising story and never capitalizing on the charms of either romance or his leading lady. Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Despite the best efforts of Plaza and the rest of the cast, Life After Beth never winds up being as scary or as funny as it ought to be.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's not quite as crazy as it needs to be: There's something listless about Life After Beth — it starts out as a reflection on the potentially morbid nature of grief and then doesn't seem to know where to go.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    There’s social satire for those who want it — don’t tell the rest of the neighborhood our daughter’s risen from the dead! — and a fine, simmering sense of apocalypse that turns this suburban community into a war zone. Still, it’s a lot of heavy lifting for what amounts to “he’s just not that into you,” mainly because you’re as ripe as a cadaver.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Cory Everett

    Baena’s debut just never really comes to life and unfortunately lacks the bite the best of the genre has to offer.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Aubrey Plaza is so deadpan she's undeadpan, and not just in her new zombie movie.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    First-time director Jeff Baena struggles with framing, editing, tone and casting, leading to an unimpressive entry in the ever-burgeoning zombie comedy genre.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Life After Beth is a reasonably fun, medium-gory horror comedy that’s better before the innards hit the fan.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Life After Beth gets into the well-tread zombie-comedy territory in a clever and inspired way. Then it doesn’t get out of it nearly so skillfully. Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Written and directed by Jeff Baena, this first feature feels sloppily plotted and uncertain of its destination. Seasoned actors are left to yell pointlessly at one another, while Beth and the zombie angle slowly decompose.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matthew Kassel

    It’s a genuine stab at romantic comedy that stumbles more than it strides.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    The misused cast is just one of many examples of the unrealized potential of Life After Beth, a film that has good bones, but not enough meat, guts, or—most damningly for a zombie movie—brains.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Enjoy the wordplay in the title, because that’s as witty as the horror comedy Life After Beth ever gets.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Stars Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan are game, as is the lineup of mostly wasted supporting actors. But what might have been a snappy short is interminable at feature length, the mayhem-in-suburbia conceit generating few laughs as it stomps along.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Nowhere near as funny as you’d expect with its stellar cast.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    There are too few real humans in Life After Beth, resulting in a lack of both brains and heart.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    This dark comedy has a lot of promise for about half its length. Then, unfortunately, it settles into the mundane genre picture that it seems doomed to be.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Life After Beth, a frustrating affair due to its waste of resources, feels rushed and under-rehearsed. It is a style of film-making that hopes it can glide its way into your good graces on ad-hoc performance flourishes, a wall-to-wall audio mix and editing patches. One soon recognizes this all a cover for one key issue: a lack of original ideas.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Even most of the fine actors, including Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Cheryl Hines, at times seem lost as to whether they should be playing the material for laughs, or going for a more straightforward approach and letting the laughs come to them.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Jeff Baena's film, at heart, is just another overly familiar story of a boy struggling to get over his first love and who's rewarded for his troubles with a less volatile replacement model.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Courtney Shea

    It is certainly possible that Baena is going for a deeper meaning, but even that feels like a case of indecisiveness.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The promise of its premise is squandered all too soon in what becomes yet another tiresome exercise in the way-overworked zombie genre.

    Washington Post Full Review
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