At First Sight (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

At First Sight (1999)



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

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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.
PG-13 (for scenes involving sexuality and nudity, and for brief strong language)
Drama , Romance
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Val Kilmer
as Virgil Adamson
Mira Sorvino
as Amy Benic
Kelly McGillis
as Jennie Adamson
Steven Weber
as Duncan
Bruce Davison
as Dr. Charles Aaron
Nathan Lane
as Phil Webster
Laura Kirk
as Betsy
Ken Howard
as Virgil's Father
Diana Krall
as Singer
Drena De Niro
as Caroline
Charles Winkler
as Health Instructor
Jack Dodick
as Dr. Goldman
Nina Griscom
as Christie Evans
Mortimer B. Zuckerman
as Homeless Man
Gene Kirkwood
as Marshall
Richard Euell
as Carl Kipling
John Guidera
as Virgil's Co-Worker
Jack Cooper
as Overweight Man
Marty Davey
as School Mother
Ben Wolfe
as Bass Player
Ricky Trammell
as Info D.J
Oliver Sacks
as Reporter
Angela Wang
as Reporter
Claude Ravier
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for At First Sight

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (7)

Director Irwin Winkler takes a thudding and detached approach to Steve Levitt's humanistic screenplay, but tart turns by Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis provide the material with the conflict it requires.

Full Review… | December 5, 2015
Creative Loafing

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.

August 16, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Though derived from a true story chronicled by Dr. Oliver Sacks in his 1996 book "An Anthropologist On Mars," "Sight" always seems closer to soap opera than case study.

Full Review… | June 21, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

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
Red Lats

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
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

I really found myself to enjoy this little film. Very neat.

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

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