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The Life Before Her Eyes Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The twist is exactly what you think it is, and it pretty much invalidates any emotional investment you can work up before it arrives.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... not so much a bad movie as an infuriating one, a pretty empty thing that wants desperately to be loved for its deep thoughts.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 76/100

May 9, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Moviegoers may mistake The Life Before Her Eyes for an unduly long L'Oréal commercial featuring softly lit film stars moving languidly with swinging hair through overbearingly premonitory weather.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 17, 2008

[J]ust when you think you're getting an interesting movie about women and their travails and triumphs, the whiffs of a Shocking! Twist! Ending! begin to appear."

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The Life Before Her Eyes will draw you in, then intrigue you, then bore you, then bewilder you, then make you crazy with its incessant flashbacks and flash forwards, and finally leave you feeling like the victim of a fraud.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 18, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

And then, THUD. Like an Acme anvil, the ending smashes everything to smithereens and you're left as discouraged as Wile E. Coyote.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 1, 2008
Leo Goldsmith

A hopelessly overblown melodrama, which oversteps its mark with pretensions of narrative complexity and social currency

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

August 8, 2009
Peter Whittle
Sunday Times (UK)

In the hands of the director Vadim Perelman, it becomes a jumble of dramatic scenes and disorientating flashbacks that merge into a confusing, stream-of-consciousness narrative, and the twist, when it comes, is a complete cheat.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 1/5

March 31, 2009
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

[Perelman] over-explains everything at the end with a montage of repeated scenes that ensures you never need see this film more than once.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

August 7, 2009
Eric D. Snider

Matters of taste aside, the film's platitude-heavy dialogue and pseudo-philosophical themes are ridiculous.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

April 24, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES starts off as superficial, sentimental trite, then turns into an incoherent journey into God knows what.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 16, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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What this heavy-handed film mainly has to endure is a clunky story structure and an ending that wasn't original when it was seen four decades ago on The Twilight Zone.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

April 18, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

[Perelman] makes like a poet on Provigil and starts dumping symbolism by the bucket, until you can't help but sit there, Beavis & Butt-Head-like, thinking, 'This means something.'

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

April 24, 2008
Prairie Miller

An anti-abortion movement propaganda screed masquerading as a teen angst drama. All that's missing are the religious right pamphlet tables in the theater lobbies. There's apparently a new kind of female road movie out there, called the guilt trip.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 19, 2008
Beth Accomando

The Life Before Her Eyes has the core of an inventive narrative and a twist that probably worked better as a literary device.

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June 8, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Full of fussed-over significant images and delicately planned interlocking narrative motives, and it's about as subtle and clever as somebody clubbing you over the head with a folding chair

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

April 29, 2008
Rob James
Total Film

Part Elephant, part Jacob's Ladder, moments of bruising power are dulled by overwrought symbolism and a baffling wrap-up.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2009
Geoff Berkshire

The final twist ... only proves that the rest of the movie wasn't so confusing and irritating by accident -- it was designed that way.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2008
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Disturbing school-shooting drama is a puzzler.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

June 2, 2008
Paul Brenner

tasteful, overwrought direction at its finest.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2008

Screen International
September 29, 2007

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