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Gin gwai (The Eye) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 1/5
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AV Club
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 21, 2003
With its spooky first-person rendering of Mun's experience -- blurred, tentative, disoriented -- The Eye creates a world of constant and imminent upheaval.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2003
Though perhaps not the greatest thing since sliced eyeballs, The Eye is definitely worth a look, or even a double-take.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 25, 2003
Seeing dead people? A jarring journey from darkness into light? Granted, it's been done. But there are sweet, difficult pleasures here just the same.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 25, 2003
It's a definite display of talent, but without enough thematic richness to get deeply under our skins.
| Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2003
An atmospheric and cleverly executed nail-biter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 11, 2003
To put all the pieces in place, the Pangs have to cut a few corners in logic, but the story is generally effective if not exactly original.
| Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2003
As chilling as an ice cube drawn across the back of your neck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 3, 2003
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 28, 2003
It is occasionally unnerving, but slack pacing keeps the tension from mounting too high.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 23, 2003
... very effectively done, very scary!
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
It casts a spell strong enough that viewers won't want to look away.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
The Pang brothers have a gift for evoking dread and shock-tactic creepiness.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2003
This is the kind of movie you happen across on TV, and linger to watch out of curiosity, but its inspired moments serve only to point out how routine, and occasionally how slow and wordy, the rest of it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2003
A feast to behold, but it lacks substance and will leave most viewers wholly unsatisfied.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 14, 2003
Although I have mixed feelings about The Eye, there's no question the Pangs have a natural talent for cinema.
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2003
It is hard to believe this plodding, predictable snoozer will raise anyone's pulse rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 13, 2003
Quite effective at scaring the daylights out of an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 13, 2003
Like the horror-flick hacks who infest Hollywood like termites, the Pangs don't build suspense, they assault the senses with twitchy photography and Danny's editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 12, 2003
Directors Oxide and Danny Pang build the film's tension incrementally in these scenes, never amping it up with special effects or orchestral accents.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 11, 2003
It's more concerned with images and clashing electronic music than challenging the imagination or brutalizing the senses.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 6, 2003
Accomplished and genuinely eerie.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 6, 2003
It's unabashedly derivative and spooky enough to keep you up at night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 5, 2003
Hong Kong brothers Oxide and Danny Pang manage to deliver real skin-prickling jolts.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 5, 2003
Ms. Lee, much more than a standard horror-movie shrieker, looks convincingly haunted by what she sees, and the Pangs' pictorial instinct is as sure as their shock-producing sense of timing.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2003
[The Pangs'] sense of pacing is nicely arrhythmic, which makes the 'boo' moments all the more heart-thudding, but what's even more pleasurable are the pockets of quiet, those lacuna of low-frequency dread when nothing much happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 5, 2003
The usual hokum, jazzed up with more flash than it deserves.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2003
The Pangs deliver enough shivery scares to keep you up nights.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 5, 2003
Genuinely scary, especially when it strays from its lame plot to orchestrate some beautifully chilling set pieces.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 4, 2003
In their fluid, deliciously eerie imagery, the Pangs can make the sight of even a dish of sliced duck in a busy noodle shop seem as ominous as the chilling, blurry specters that only Mun can see.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
June 3, 2003
Given that The Eye plays out without so much as a single new idea or real surprise, it's a testament to the Pangs' knack for composition and editing ... that the movie goes boo as effectively as it does.
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Joe Mader
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2003
The movie's biggest achievement may be Lee's performance.