Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos) Reviews

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March 19, 2002
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?
March 5, 2002
Amenabar, at 25, has created a film that deserves comparison to Hitchcock's best work.
February 28, 2002
February 1, 2002
There is no problem accepting star Eduardo Noriega, an unknown on these shores, saying and doing things that look ridiculous when performed by Cruise.
January 22, 2002
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.
January 17, 2002
Confirmed my suspicion that Alejandro Amenbar may be the most promising filmmaker under 30.
December 10, 2001
The ending makes us catch our breath not because it's so clever, but because there's so much to the film even without the final revelation.
August 20, 2001
a startling debut from an eye-opening new talent
August 18, 2001
A resonating portrait of millennial angst that ultimately amounts to little more than a preposterous guessing game.
August 11, 2001
A jaw-dropping psychological thriller about the power of the human mind to bend and break reality.
January 1, 2000
A film with enough intellectual meat on its stylish bones to give more adventurous moviegoers something to chew on afterward.
January 1, 2000
The cumbersome, fantastical plot twists of its last 40 minutes render the whole thing unfathomable.
January 1, 2000
The first portion of the movie can't possibly prepare audiences for what turns out to be a series of inane plot contrivances, which help the movie end with a real thud.
January 1, 2000
While it will not get the kind of wide release necessary to make a big splash in this country, those who see it will not quickly forget the experience.
January 1, 2000
What makes it all work is Amenabar's smoothly assured handling of the material, which is always in danger of becoming too silly to bother with.
January 1, 2000
This sophomore feature by Amenbar is a deeply complex psychological mind warp of a film that begs to be viewed more than once.
January 1, 2000
Amenabar skilfully manipulates the time-space continuum, while skipping between reality and fantasy often enough to keep the audience in a constant state of vertigo.
January 1, 2000
It's like being tickled -- horrible as well as enjoyable, but worth it for that moment of relief when the tickler finally stops.
January 1, 2000
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.
January 1, 2000
That [Amenabr] has come up with a film of such visual and structural audacity confirms him as one of Spanish cinemas brightest new talents.
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