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The Life Before Her Eyes Reviews

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Top Critic
Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
A hopelessly overblown melodrama, which oversteps its mark with pretensions of narrative complexity and social currency
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
August 7, 2009
[Perelman] over-explains everything at the end with a montage of repeated scenes that ensures you never need see this film more than once.
Peter Whittle
Sunday Times (UK)
March 31, 2009
In the hands of the director Vadim Perelman, it becomes a jumble of dramatic scenes and disorientating flashbacks that merge into a confusing, stream-of-consciousness narrative, and the twist, when it comes, is a complete cheat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 31, 2009
An American high school drama with a tiresomely familiar twist.
March 28, 2009
A thoughtful, if sentimental, semi-successful attempt to craft a drama about life and choice around the difficult subject matter of a school shooting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
March 28, 2009
The movie's relentless dream-like quality could induce slack-jawed wonder...or chronic narcolepsy depending how receptive the viewer is to non-linear narrative and super-stylised flights of fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
March 28, 2009
A touching tale from director Vadim Perelman with a surprise ending that leaves you plenty to ponder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
thelondonpaper
March 28, 2009
A sudsy potboiler with a twist you can see coming from the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob James
Total Film
March 27, 2009
Part Elephant, part Jacob's Ladder, moments of bruising power are dulled by overwrought symbolism and a baffling wrap-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 27, 2009
Ambition and accomplishment are aeons apart in this would-be meaningful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
March 27, 2009
Surely the point of a "twist" is that it should slot into the plot with a satisfying click, not that it should invalidate 50 per cent of what came before it?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
March 27, 2009
Vadim Perelman's drama is both tasteful and tedious. With its honeyed visuals, affluent air and coy portents of disaster, it's like an advert for private health care played out on an endless loop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 27, 2009
The film's dogged repetition of its pivotal scene has to go somewhere, but it's enslaved to a narrative conceit even M Night Shyamalan might find a trifle gimmicky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
March 27, 2009
Absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 27, 2009
Flitting back and forth in time, it's too confusing to entertain, while Wood and Thurman look nothing like one another, making for a disjointed and often dire experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 27, 2009
Poorly conceived, badly written and ultimately ridiculous drama with a jaw-droppingly crass twist ending that backfires horribly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
March 26, 2009
The ending is as baffling as anything preceding it - giving rise to a genre conflict situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
September 16, 2008
THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES starts off as superficial, sentimental trite, then turns into an incoherent journey into God knows what.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 16, 2008
baboyriarika poiitiko aytohaidema toy Perelman meta to House of Sand and Fog (2003), ayti ti fora dipla aforito, horis ena kapoio stori na krybetai kato ap' toys koyfioys loystrarismenoys symbolismoys toy
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 8, 2008
The surprises Perelman has for you along the way will blow your mind and have you talking hours after you leave the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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