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Metascore

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100
I can think of no other movie that has dared to analyze grief and its aftermath with such naked honesty and precision.
100
ReelViews
This is truly a great film -- easily one of 1997's best.
100
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.
100
Chicago Sun-Times
This is one of the best films of the year, an unflinching lament for the human condition.
88
USA Today
A little movie almost perfectly realized.
80
The chronological looseness is part of the pleasure of the piece, which magically reassembles in the last reel into something strong, lucid and compellingly powerful.
80
Film.com
It's the survivors of this tragedy that must make peace with their fate, and the film finally rests with them.
80
The filmmaker creates schematic, intuitive images that hauntingly crystallize the characters' situations.
80
Chicago Reader
The power and reach of this undertaking are formidable.
70
New Times (L.A.)
For all its mystery and its stylistic finesse, there is something vaguely plodding about The Sweet Hereafter.

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