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Eyes Without a Face

Eyes Without a Face (1960)

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 1

A horrific tale of guilt and obsession, Eyes Without a Face is just as chilling and poetic today as it was in 1959.

91

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

A horrific tale of guilt and obsession, Eyes Without a Face is just as chilling and poetic today as it was in 1959.

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French director Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux Sans Visage) is an unsettling, sometimes poetic horror film. Pierre Brasseur plays a brilliant plastic surgeon, Prof. Genessier, who has vowed to restore the face of his daughter, Christiane (Edith Scob), who was mutilated in an automobile accident. With the help of his assistant (Alida Valli), he kidnaps young women, surgically removes their facial features, and attempts to graft their beauty onto his daughter's hideous countenance.

Oct 19, 2004

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (1) | DVD (15)

One of those rare horror films that induces discomfort by showing practically nothing.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It has some queasy scenes, but unclear progression and plodding direction give this an old-fashioned air.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (4)
Variety
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As absurd and as beautiful as a fairy tale.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A marvellous movie in the fullest sense.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Among the most disturbing horror films ever made.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Slate
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Outre as it is, never tires as hypnotic, touching, ghastly fun.

February 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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(The film) made audiences faint and critics bristle with some of its grisly depictions.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A terror tale that's as poetic as it is horrific.

October 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Eyes Without A Face is a classic anomaly, out of step with its time (and any other), with mysteries that lingered long enough for critics finally to be intoxicated by them.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

A lyrical monster movie with visceral thrills and moments of unforgettable visual poetry.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Georges Franju's monstrous masterpiece delivers horror sans face but with a huge heart.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Awesome for its time, but a little awkward today, this straight-talking shocker deserves regard rather than reverence.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Georges Franju's classic horror grafts poetry onto brutality.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Wedding lyrical beauty to a gruesome scenario, it bridges the chasm between arthouse poetry and exploitation voyeurism.

September 27, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

A classic of twisted gothic enchantment.

October 11, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A compelling and clinically brilliant combination of French art film and shock horror.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

ends up occupying uncharted territories somewhere between the gothic horrors of Frankenstein, the fairytale lyricism of La Belle et la Bete, and the charnel-house realism of Franju's own abbatoir-set documentary Le Sang Des Betes.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Both a horror movie and a dreamy art film without peer.

April 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Sharp as a scalpel, soft as a caress, this is a weird masterwork.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

In its sedate, measured virtuosity, eloquently haunting imagery abuts the queasily naturalistic. It's both beautiful and grisly, lyric and sinister.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

This is a truly haunting horror movie.

December 5, 2005
ColeSmithey.com

Les yeux sans visage [is] a balance between cruelty and tenderness that has rarely been attempted in cinema.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Eyes Without a Face

Brilliant and stunning Foreign Horror film brilliantly directed by Georges Franju, Eyes Without a Face is a unique film in the genre. Beautifully filmed an acted, this is one of the most powerful genre films in the medium. Using images to create its terror as it is a very subtle film that manages to truly terrify the viewer with atmosphere, and the fear of what is transpiring what keeps you involved from start to finish. The cast is phenomenal and the lead actress, Edith Scob delivers a powerful performance in the role Christiane Génessierm, the daughter of a mad doctor who is deformed and whose father captures young women to find a perfect face for his daughter. The film may seem tame by today's standards, but at the time of its release, the film was ahead of its time. This is horror the way it should be. Franju direction is immaculate, and his eye for creating a truly memorable and engaging horror film is unmatched. Eyes Without a Face is a flawless picture that is both beautiful and shocking all at once. The images that befall upon you are haunting, disturbing and unforgettable. Eyes Without a Face is a brilliant picture that tells a subtle, yet horrifying story that will certainly appeal to viewers looking for a truly well executed picture that uses the bare necessities to create terrific terror. The result here is a truly disturbing, yet brilliant affair that is among the finest horror films ever made. If you get a chance at seeing this iconic film, you'll glad you did. Using horror basics, Franju was able to make a film that has much more impact on the viewer than many of the horror films released today.
December 18, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A horror classic that is still shocking today.
October 25, 2011
Graham Jones

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A fantastic film with an original narrative and great performances from all the cast. I didn't expect too much but it really did justice to this era of filmmaking. The only problems were it wasn't exactly medically correct (for this time anyway, I'm unsure of how advanced they were then). Also it just seemed to end. I realise that the two got their comeuppance and died after killing all those other poor girls yet I want to know what happened to Christiane. Where did she go? Did everyone find out what they were doing there? What did the girl who was set free do? Overall a brilliant film that I'd definitely recommend!
October 23, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

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Roger Ebert, please calm down. With apologies to Misael and XTC: Excruciating -- and I don't mean that in a good way. Walter, I almost added this sucker to our infamous list -- and it was a free download! I guess it takes way more to creep me out than when I was young. If I have one positive thing to say about this, uh, experience, it's that the animals ultimately rule. I laugh as I type that, thinking about Willard ordering his rats to KILL. One star for the triumph of animals, and one star for making me think about Willard. The only laugh derived from this -- what was that word? Oh, yes, "experience." And I'm talking 180 from Jimi Hendrix here. Oh, and another positive: At least this was more interesting than suffering through The Social Network.
March 8, 2011
binky013

Super Reviewer

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