• PG-13, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Julian Schnabel
    In Theaters:
    Nov 30, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 29, 2008
  • Miramax Films


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Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

An inventive, challenging, at times emotionally bracing film, audaciously staged and laudably anti-clichéd in its character particulars, yet destined to be more admired than beloved.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Nick Rogers

Julian Schnabel and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski fundamentally retool the template for the biopic to create one of the greatest portrayals of the mind's eye ever put to film. A discomforting but inspiring struggle for one enduring, final expression.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Mike Scott

This uncommon story about an uncommon man is gentle, it is patient, it is compassionate and -- from a technical standpoint -- it is stunning.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

Triumph of the human spirit to the Miramax, predictable in its crowd-pleasing, middlebrow vulgarity but with a few inventive, free-floating passages

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

[Schnabel is] drawn to the plight of the imagination struggling against limits, and Bauby's Beckett-like extremity has inspired his best film to date and the best film of the year.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 4/4

April 23, 2009
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una película realmente conmovedora que logra trasladar a hermosas y sugestivas imágenes la experiencia real de un hombre paralizado física aunque no mentalmente.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 5/5

November 8, 2008
Bob Westal

Movies are a lot more than a bunch of pictures, no matter how ravishing, and the strong cast is key here, especially the three women who dominate Bauby's life.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Bob Mondello
Top Critic IconTop Critic

What's fascinating is that it is the very restrictions the story imposes on a director that allow Schnabel to turn it into such an eerie stunner of a movie.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Of all the movies generating award buzz this season, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was the most surprising to me and perhaps the most special.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

October 18, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The film is certainly rich in imagery, and its immersion into the subjective is a daringly successful conceit, but it never quite pulls all the pieces together.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

Nothing in director Julian Schnabel's career so far has anticipated the sweetness, sadness, maturity and restraint of this lovely movie.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

October 18, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

How does an actor act when he can use only one eye? You'll have to see the film to find out, but rest assured that there are sufficient flashbacks to give the remarkable Mathieu Amalric a chance to use the usual actor's tools as well.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is one of the best movies of 2007, but I'd argue it's also the one most in tune with what this season of goodwill and tolerance is supposed to be all about.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008
Heather Huntington

An emotional tour de force that is simply stunning all around.

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 10/10

September 8, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

The camera techniques used actually give the audience just a hint of what it must be like to live with a fully aware mind, and one working eye.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 8/10

September 4, 2008
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Diving Bell is modishly slick, visually inventive and vaguely immaterial but ultimately moving because, well, how could it not be?

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um testamento profundamente tocante da força do espírito humano.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

July 8, 2008
Prairie Miller

Delves into the horrific destiny and triumphant creative, if not physical struggle of this French celebrity, whose stroke left him completely paralyzed save for interior silent monologues, and the furiously blinking eye of this ill-fated ravaged cyclops.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 19, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Amalric's performance is selfless and accomplished.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Thanks to wonderful direction, editing, and cinematography, Schnabel convinces us of this perspective with a stroke of brilliance...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 4/4

February 23, 2008
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