In Your Eyes

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The reserved wife (Zoe Kazan) of a prominent East Coast doctor falls into a metaphysical romance with a charming ex-con (Michael Stahl-David) seeking a fresh start in New Mexico in this spellbinding drama from director Brin Hill, and writer/producer Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers). Nikki Reed co-stars. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for In Your Eyes

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

  • Think of it as a rom-com version of The Shining, or Nicholas Sparks on a macro-budget.

    Apr 25, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Shone

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  • The setup never really matures beyond a sentimental teenage fantasy with a TV-caliber climax tacked on ...

    Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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  • At its frequent best ... it provides a potent metaphor for a life-changing relationship, cleverly literalizing the way a new romantic connection can feel like a voice in your head that you never want to stop hearing.

    Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • It's not a rousing success, but as a lightweight sketch drawn out to uneven feature-length, it manages to deliver a minor entry in the Whedon canon by keeping its most insightful character-driven ingredients intact.

    Apr 21, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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  • It's the kind of total miscalculation that can only be cooked up by a writer of real skill and passion, going all in on a spectacularly bad idea.

    Jun 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • In Your Eyes manages to make a grounded, effective and honestly moving romance out of a premise that on it's face seems self-consciously novel.

    Jun 6, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In Your Eyes

  • Feb 05, 2017
    In your Eyes is a romance, but in the realm of science fiction. Becki and Dylan can see each other even through the other's eyes and feel each other's emotions, etc. -- even though they live at opposite ends of the country. Over the movie, they get to know each other intimately and fall in love. All that I found plausible, but the fairytale ending was stupid.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2016
    This is the type of film (I will warn you right off the bat) that will have viewers divided right down the middle as to who likes and dislikes it's premise. Since childhood, Dylan and Rebecca have has odd visions and feelings that they are connected in some way. Through some weird form of life, they are able to see the world through each others eyes, feel what the other is feeling, and communicate as if they are just a phone call away. The way they are able to do this remarkable feat is never once explained or even hinted at, which is the main reason this film will not be for everyone. This will explain why I believe this film works on many levels, and some others not so much. "In Your Eyes" has terrific "chemistry" between Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David, whom are perfectly cast in the leading roles. I place quotations around the word chemistry, because the fact that they are never face to face, you have to buy the fact that they share this incredible connection with one another, or the film will lose you. It does not bother me that the ideal is never explained, but the film could have benefited from a few hints to keep the viewer with an open mind throughout. I was genuinely enthralled from start to finish with this screenplay, as it is charmingly written by Joss Whedon, in probably the most heartfelt thing I have ever seen him pen. The cast, characters, and writing were the big selling point here, and even though there are noticeably low-budget shots, I really admired the cinematography here. The third act will have many mixed feelings from audiences, but I liked how it concluded, even though it does go a little over the top. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed "In Your Eyes," and I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to watch a touching story.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2016
    Quirky and charming, In Your Eyes is a supernatural romantic drama written by Joss Whedon. The story follows a boy and girl who form a telepathic connection as child, and then later as adults learn how to use it, becoming close friends with an intimate bond. Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David have great chemistry together and give good performances; especially Kazan, who has a knack for playing goofy and eccentric. But there isn't much of a plot, and what plot there is is all crammed into the last act. Yet Whedon writes the character interactions so well, that the lack of plot is almost forgotten. An unusual love story, In Your Eyes is entertaining and fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2015
    Excellent. This is one of the most inspiring and likable films I've seen in a while. Really funny, touching, and so romantic (I know, I'm really lame), this film is definitely worth seeing at least once.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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