Opening

100% John Wick Oct 24
No Score Yet Ouija Oct 24
No Score Yet 23 Blast Oct 24
56% Laggies Oct 24
54% White Bird in a Blizzard Oct 24

Top Box Office

79% Fury $23.7M
88% Gone Girl $17.5M
77% The Book of Life $17.0M
64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day $11.5M
8% The Best Of Me $10.0M
23% Dracula Untold $10.0M
47% The Judge $7.9M
31% Annabelle $7.9M
62% The Equalizer $5.4M
63% The Maze Runner $4.4M

Coming Soon

86% Goodbye to Language 3D Oct 29
48% Saw Oct 31
83% Nightcrawler Oct 31
56% Before I Go to Sleep Oct 31
50% Horns Oct 31

New TV Episodes Tonight

96% The Flash: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
86% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7
92% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2
64% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1
56% Forever: Season 1
56% Selfie: Season 1
100% Person Of Interest: Season 4
56% Happyland: Season 1
29% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1
No Score Yet Brickleberry: Season 3
No Score Yet About a Boy: Season 2
No Score Yet Uncle: Season 1
No Score Yet Chicago Fire: Season 3
No Score Yet NCIS: Season 12
No Score Yet Faking It: Season 2
No Score Yet Supernatural: Season 10
No Score Yet Awkward: Season 4


New Fall TV

96% The Affair: Season 1
66% A to Z: Season 1
18% Bad Judge: Season 1
52% Cristela: Season 1
No Score Yet Death Comes to Pemberley: Season 1
96% The Flash: Season 1
65% Gracepoint: Season 1
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1
79% Kingdom: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
15% Mulaney: Season 1
20% Stalker: Season 1
93% Survivor's Remorse: Season 1
No Score Yet Transporter: The Series: Season 1
No Score Yet Uncle: Season 1


Certified Fresh TV

96% The Affair: Season 1
84% American Horror Story: Freak Show
85% black-ish: Season 1
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
96% The Flash: Season 1
100% The Good Wife: Season 6
90% Gotham: Season 1
82% Homeland: Season 4
84% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1
88% The Knick: Season 1
79% Marry Me: Season 1
98% Transparent: Season One
97% The Walking Dead: Season 5

Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight) (1999)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 39
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: Director Alejandro Amenábar tackles some heady issues with finesse and clarity in Open Your Eyes, a gripping exploration of existentialism and the human spirit.

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Director Alejandro Amenábar tackles some heady issues with finesse and clarity in Open Your Eyes, a gripping exploration of existentialism and the human spirit.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 37,754

Trailer


ADVERTISEMENT

Movie Info

In this Spanish-French-Italian co-production, a man deserts women after sleeping with them just once, a lifestyle that becomes his ultimate downfall. Finally he decides to stay with one woman, but reality and fantasy become blurred at the climax of the film.

Rating:
R (for some strong sexuality, language and some violence)
Genre:
Drama , Horror , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 18, 2001
Runtime:
Artisan Pictures


Cast


Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

Critic Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight)

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (7) | DVD (8)

Even if the script (written by the director and Mateo Gil) and direction are patchy, the obsessive theme is gripping.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is so smart, mischievous and stylish, you'll instantly want to see it again.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If you're the type who doesn't mind jigsaw puzzles unassembling themselves as you assemble them, if you enjoy enigmas and don't need explanations, the film just might work for you.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

For adventurous filmgoers, though, this Spanish import offers something off the beaten path and a chance to play the coffee-shop game: Could This Screenplay Be Saved?

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The cumbersome, fantastical plot twists of its last 40 minutes render the whole thing unfathomable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Amenabar may drop the ball with a surprise happy ending, but the real shock is that when Cesar finally opens his eyes, you feel he's earned it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

If Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch had collaborated on a project, the result might have been something like Open Your Eyes."

Full Review… | August 2, 2009
Filmcritic.com

The visually stunning product is no less absorbing and haunting, not to mention surprisingly moving.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
TheMovieReport.com

Alejandro Amenabar announced himself in the category of the top level of directors working today.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Substantially better than its remake, 'Vanilla Sky'

September 21, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

The original of Vanilla Sky -- more subtle, but not as much fun.

June 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

See this far superior thriller instead of the lousy remake "Vanilla Sky."

May 29, 2003
Nitrate Online

Amenábar's virtuoso style and connection to the youth audience, both of which are resented by the Spanish film establishment, make him a plausible model outside Spain for a European cinema that bridges the gap between arthouse and mainstream.

Full Review… | December 2, 2002
Sight and Sound

Alejandro Amenabar's psychothriller is a dark dish Cruise and Crowe later turned to plain Vanilla.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002
Netflix

A masterpiece.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

It's a puzzling story that dips in and out of reality, but one that is thought provoking and allows us to contemplate to live the dream not the nightmare.

Full Review… | September 9, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Falls apart about halfway through. Great acting, though.

August 9, 2002
Fantastica Daily

A jigsaw puzzle of passion and lust, desire and pain.

Full Review… | June 13, 2002
Apollo Guide

Amenabar, at 25, has created a film that deserves comparison to Hitchcock's best work.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
MovieMartyr.com

There is no problem accepting star Eduardo Noriega, an unknown on these shores, saying and doing things that look ridiculous when performed by Cruise.

Full Review… | February 1, 2002
Oregonian

One of the most thought-provoking thrillers of recent years, a film that really does challenge its audience's expectations and suppositions at every turn.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
BBC.com

Confirmed my suspicion that Alejandro Amenábar may be the most promising filmmaker under 30.

Full Review… | January 17, 2002
Charlotte Observer

Audience Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight)

½

Open Your Eyes is a mischievous and confusing fantasy playing with reality. Leading and puzzling, The Hollywood remake Vanilla Sky in 2001 can only dream on imitating the subtle approach to the idea in the original Open Your Eyes. An eye-opener.

More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

This is definately a film one should watch with the American version. Seeing Cruz act in the same script as a different character is very rare. Being able to view the same scenes done with different cinematography is also interesting. The movie is strange and sorrowful in any language.

More
solesoulsorrow
Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer

½

Abre los ojos......abre los ojos.... open your eyes.....open your eyes.... This is how the movie begins...

I saw Vanilla sky first so agree that that may have spoilt somewhat the power of Abre Los Ojos, which I believe is a more fly-on-the-wall insight into the film compared to Vanilla Sky.

However, as with any foreign language film, I feel it is almost impossible to entirely "get" the sentiment/meaning of the film unless you can understand/hear it in the original language. I can speak Spanish pretty well but I was unable to pick up any particular memorable quotes, without the aid of the subtitles. (and subtitles can be very loosely translated). For example, I'm not sure "f**k buddy" and "the sweet ain't as sweet without the sour" from Vanilla sky would truly represent the intended meaning if translated to Spanish. Perfect cast for this role. And then there is Penelope Cruz. I knew that she is a great actress...but now I know that she is brilliant. She is so beautiful in this movie you want to die lol And she did a excellent job too. She played fantastic.

Overall, I thought Abre los Ojos was a more gritty and realistic version of the story. Contrastingly, I enjoyed Vanilla Sky because of the pop culture references and the soundtrack and the cheesy Hollywood moments.

More
matertenebraum
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

I hadn't realised that Vanilla Sky had been a remake when I'd watched it, but shortly into this film, it became very familiar.

Interestingly Peneleope Cruz plays the same role in both versions of the film and the similarities do not end there, as pretty much the whole film is like for like, just on a smaller scaled budget.

I always find a remake interesting when it originates from a different language.

More
76Majikat
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight) Quotes


There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight) on our Movie forum!