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Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes) (2010)

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A woman is trying to unravel a mystery that she literally can no longer see in this thriller from Spanish filmmaker Guillem Morales. Julia (Bel (C)n Rueda) and her sister, Sara, have both inherited a medical condition that is slowly robbing them of their eyesight, with stress severely aggravating the condition. When Julia gets the news that Sara has died, she has a hard time believing the police report that she committed suicide, and she and her husband, Isaac (Llus Homar), begin looking into

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Aims for intricate, Hitchcockian suspense, embellished with ornate visual flourishes that recall Dario Argento's early giallo movies.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I doubt this project occupied much of del Toro's attention, and it's fundamentally an exercise in genre and style -- but what style!

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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All about mystery and suspense, slowly laying the foundation for an extremely tense final act.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Julia's Eyes doesn't mean much more than what shows up on the surface of the screen, but it's a cinematic exercise that certainly puts a person on edge.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Julia's Eyes stops just short of being an amazing thriller but...some excellent camera work heightens the experience of fumbling through the mystery from Julia's perspective.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

another reminder to why modern horror speaks Spanish

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A tense psychological thriller, Julia's Eyes is another example why the Spanish have become the kings of quality horror cinema.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

The anchoring performance of Rueda is what keeps this second-hand material fresh and forcefully involving.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Julia's Eyes becomes a little incoherent as it plunges towards resolution, but it's unerringly stylish and whole-heartedly suspenseful along the way.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Director Guillem Morales and his writing partner Oriol Paulo thread a series of tired old horror tropes around a mystery plot in which Julia sets out to find the identity of the mystery man she believes is responsible for her sister's death.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Comments (2)
sbs.com.au

Julia's Eyes is a traditional horror that shows there's life in the old spine-chiller yet.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

This terrifying psychological thriller cum horror film plays with notions that are both real and imagined and whose premise relies on fear of the known and the unknown, and most notably, of the dark

May 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Good fun, but featuring more twists than a double helix, Julia's Eyes could more aptly be titled 'When Blind Man's Buff Gets Out of Hand'.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An over-cooked but good-looking and occasionally effective chiller about a visually impaired woman terrorised by malevolent forces.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A fascinating, broken-backed picture full of riveting twists and dubious psychology.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's still pretty scary, but never steps outside the confines of what you'd expect from this kind of thing.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

Do all public places need to be drenched in inadequate lighting? In horror they do. The centre for the blind that Julia visits early in the film is a great, looming edifice, bathed in shadows and rust. And that's a public health centre.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Not only is it genuinely unsettling, but it's full of clever nods to horror masterpieces

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This cannily uncanny film resonates.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A taut, nervy guessing game that had me on the edge of my seat.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A masterclass in tension.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

When a few of the more ludicrous twists arrive in the second half, there's enough goodwill generated by the thoughtful, creepy and effective setup to carry things through to the end.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Audience Reviews for Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes)

Started off pretty good - I thought, from all the creepy happenings, that this was going to be a ghost story. Then, because of the interesting filming after Julia's operation where the new characters introduced never show their faces, I thought she had lost her mind and was imagining the whole thing.
The actuality was less exciting, but it works. Filming and acting is great. I especially liked the end scenes with the flashing camera - very effective. Good creepy movie to watch in the evening!
March 10, 2012
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A woman suffering from progressive blindness and her husband come to investigate the apparent suicide of her sister, who had the same affliction. There turns out to be much more to the death than it seems on the surface, and more people may end up finding a similar fate unless the mystery can be unraveled.

Julia's Eyes gets off to a good start, with an interesting premise and a captivating opening scene. But, most of what follows is not equal to the introduction. Frustrating characters and annoying plot contrivances keep Julia's Eyes from being anything more than an average mystery/thriller that had me almost disinterested during the middle portion. The ending, fortunately, is strong and helped restore some of the good feelings I had about the movie during its beginning.

Don't get me wrong, it's a tense movie throughout, thanks to the natural fear of not being able to see the danger around you. And there are plenty of story twists and turns, and not all of them are predictable. But watching characters make dumb, illogical decisions just for the sake of plot progression draws me right out of the atmosphere that's so necessary for an effective thriller. When Julia's Eyes is good, it's very good. It's just unfortunate that parts of it are exercises in pure frustration.
February 28, 2012
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

What a ridiculous story!!! It's an awful mess which I wish I'd avoided. Julia's Eyes are better shut down.
April 3, 2011
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

The stunning cinematography creates a perfect oppressive atmosphere in a thriller that grows really tense and frightening. Even so, the film is weakened by poor narrative choices, and if you think in retrospect you will see some plot holes. Besides, the lame last scene is unforgivable.
January 30, 2011
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