The Life Before Her Eyes Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 27, 2009
Ambition and accomplishment are aeons apart in this would-be meaningful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 2, 2008
In the end, Life is a challenging success, with Wood's performance again affirming her status among the young generation of actors, and Perelman's vision promising more intrigue to come.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 25, 2008
What you get, in the end, is a pair of fine performances (from Thurman and Wood) and a technically well-made film that arrives at a foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 2008
Thoroughly thought through and photographed with imagination and psychological penetration, it's the product of a very shrewd directorial hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2008
Perelman never overcomes the disjuncture of having two familiar actresses play the same grown character, and despite the endless crosscutting, the two halves settle respectively into ghoulish foreboding and murky psychological drama.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 25, 2008
The Life Before Her Eyes might offer a fresh perspective on aborted dreams, but its insights are buried under stale, inflated moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rob Nelson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2008
Not a film entirely devoid of virtue, though it comes closer to that mark than any movie I've seen this year--closer than any movie I'd care to see in any year.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2008
There are two very fine performances here -- Wood's and Amurri's -- but they're not strong enough to rise above the metaphor-laden script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2008
It's too clever by half, too facile in its use of sensationalist headline material, too far-fetched in its psychological fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 24, 2008
Uma Thurman delivers a mesmerizing performance in The Life Before Her Eyes, a film that, once seen and fully digested, exerts the same haunting pull as the shattering events it chronicles.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 24, 2008
A fictional drama that uses a Columbine-like high school massacre as a plot device had better have solid justification for engaging our grief and horror.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 21, 2008
I think it's a strong film.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 18, 2008
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 18, 2008
What began as tragedy ends as mere sleight -- and turns a trusting audience into dupes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 18, 2008
An overwrought and patently offensive anti-abortion drama from the director of the accomplished House of Sand and Fog. Director Vadim Perelman doesn't play fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 18, 2008
Director Vadim Perelman is big on slo-mo lyrical effects and confusing time shifts, making the movie unnecessarily arty and detracting from what could have been a searing psychological study.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 18, 2008
As it plods along decorously, you have the sense of reading a poetic essay in which every image and metaphor is hammered too neatly in place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 17, 2008
The dread is thick and the atmosphere is so heavy that every simple car ride or bedtime story seems like it's happening on the crumbling edge of a lonely cliff.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 17, 2008
Director Vadim Perelman blends two powerful performances into a seamless whole, giving equal time to the dreamy sensuality of adolescence and the crushing weight of adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 17, 2008
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 17, 2008
Technically, the movie is impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Land
Time Out
April 17, 2008
Building up to what's supposed to be a serious moral dilemma, the noisy final act borders on incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 16, 2008
I liked director Vadim Perelman's provocative first film, House of Sand and Fog, but this one is a mess.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 14, 2008
In between snorting and rolling your eyes, you can pass the time pitying Thurman, who has to emote in a vacuum, and admiring Wood.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2007
Intermingles the past and present, and the real and the imagined, to intriguing if occasionally head-scratching effect.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 10, 2007
...profoundly confusing In Bloom arrives at some very tenuous moral conclusions that might alienate much of its supposed target audience.