At First Sight (1999)



Critic Consensus: Interesting premise, but too long and conventional.

Movie Info

When New York City architect Amy Benic falls in love with blind, charismatic masseur Virgil Adamson, she convinces him to undergo experimental surgery that will allow him to see the world as she sees it -- in all its chaotic, colorful glory. In this new, exciting time together, they soon learn that all gifts come with a price and vision is comprised of a multitude of senses.

Rating: PG-13 (for scenes involving sexuality and nudity, and for brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Irwin Winkler, Oliver Sacks, Steve Levitt, Rob Cowan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 1999



as Virgil Adamson

as Amy Benic

as Jennie Adamson

as Dr. Charles Aaron

as Phil Webster

as Betsy

as Virgil's Father

as Singer

as Caroline

as Health Instructor

as Dr. Goldman

as Christie Evans

as Marshall

as Carl Kipling

as Virgil's Co-Worker

as Overweight Man

as School Mother

as Bass Player

as Info D.J

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for At First Sight

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (16)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

Most love scenes seem forced in 'At First Sight,' and the background music manipulates emotions without a trace of restraint.

Full Review… | May 9, 2009
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Kilmer registers little emotion aside from a silly grin he perpetually wears throughout the film.

Full Review… | May 3, 2009

At first sight this film is terrible. At second sight, it's even worse.

April 11, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

At First Sight, at second sight, at third sight - it doesn't matter how many times you look. This movie never decides what it wants to be.

Full Review… | August 16, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for At First Sight

It is an interesting observation that even if your eyes can see, you have to learn to see. The love story angle is a bit predictable.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

An original film that raises some interesting questions about perception. I can't help but think that the love story side of it gets in the way somewhat when really all they needed to do was concentrate on the main storyline, which in the end isn't really explored thoroughly enough for my liking. A pretty decent film all the same.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

I have no idea why Val Kilmer tried to pretend he was Batman....when it's obvious this is what he should be doing. Great work by him. A sad story. And a great Steven Weber stealing the show....that guy is gold

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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