Close Your Eyes (2002)



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Movie Info

A hypnotist with psychic talents is drawn into a criminal case with bizarre implications in this thriller from Great Britain. Dr. Michael Strother (Goran Visnjic) is a psychologist and hypnotherapist who has relocated from the United States to England after an ugly incident in which a boy under Strother's care died while swimming, possibly due to a mistakenly triggered hypnotic suggestion. Strother sometimes sees visions which he believes are images from the minds of his patients, and while … More

Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: William Brookfield, Nick Willing
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 14, 2004
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as Dr. Michael Strother

as Janet Losey

as Clara Strother

as Lebourg

as Clements

as Heather

as Police Inspector Hil...

as Martha Strother

as Nursing Home Doctor

as Young Boy 1

as Young Boy 2

as Bicycle Man

as Hotel Clerk

as Police Guard

as Cab Driver

as Francis Paladine

as Police Detective

as Hypnosis Patient

as Journalist

as Theater Security Man
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Critic Reviews for Close Your Eyes

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

The atmospheric psychological thriller weaves a compelling web thanks to dense, stylized direction by Nick Willing and a smartly assembled cast.

May 24, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

... one of the best thrillers I've seen probably since The Ring.

Full Review… | April 26, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

On their way to confront ancient evil, Strother and Losey keep tripping over timeworn cliches.

April 23, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

An occasionally engaging but more often gruesome British thriller.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

If you can overlook its TV-episode look, occasional lapses in logic and detours into lurid overkill, this old-school psychological thriller, which marries a tracking-the- serial-killer narrative with occult themes, is a creepy diversion.

April 22, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

May be the worst-directed movie exported by England in this young century.

Full Review… | April 22, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Close Your Eyes

i quite liked this film its different but i guess not memorable though

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


A cheap and pretty crappy British occult thriller about a psychic hypnotherapist helping the police to catch a serial killer of little girls. I must have missed the ritual significance of the girls to the killer's design in amongst all the arcane gibberish spouted, but I can't say my attention was especially rapt; something about blood transfusion and eternal life, I think. The acting varies from so-so to dreadful, with Shirley Henderson especially weak and even the often excellent Paddy Considine failing to register. The photography is very drab, but its general realism is consistently undercut by glaring, mediocre, digitally-manipulated backdrops.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"Close Your Eyes" starts out with a young girl being pursued. She escapes by jumping off a bridge into a river. A policewoman(Shirley Henderson) blackmails Dr. Michael Strother(Goran Visnjic) who has miraculously gotten her to stop smoking into helping with the now silent child.(It's never resolved whether Strother is a master hypnotist or a psychic. It is clear that Strother is hiding something but it is not really relevant.) Their investigation leads to some dark and disturbing places.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#a0522d]"Close Your Eyes" is an ineffective thriller where nothing much happens for most of the movie, except for some unpleasant business with a rat. The movie tries to coast along on atmosphere alone. It does tend to telegraph its punches, too. Even worse, because the characterizations are weak, it is very hard to care about any of the characters. It is a shame because a very good cast - Shirley Henderson, Goran Visnjic, Paddy Considine, Miranda Otto, Fiona Shaw and Corin Redgrave - is wasted. [/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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