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The Life Before Her Eyes Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 15, 2008
The twist is exactly what you think it is, and it pretty much invalidates any emotional investment you can work up before it arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 9, 2008
... not so much a bad movie as an infuriating one, a pretty empty thing that wants desperately to be loved for its deep thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 17, 2008
Moviegoers may mistake The Life Before Her Eyes for an unduly long L'Oréal commercial featuring softly lit film stars moving languidly with swinging hair through overbearingly premonitory weather.
May 1, 2008
[J]ust when you think you're getting an interesting movie about women and their travails and triumphs, the whiffs of a Shocking! Twist! Ending! begin to appear."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 18, 2008
The Life Before Her Eyes will draw you in, then intrigue you, then bore you, then bewilder you, then make you crazy with its incessant flashbacks and flash forwards, and finally leave you feeling like the victim of a fraud.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 1, 2008
And then, THUD. Like an Acme anvil, the ending smashes everything to smithereens and you're left as discouraged as Wile E. Coyote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Leo Goldsmith
August 8, 2009
A hopelessly overblown melodrama, which oversteps its mark with pretensions of narrative complexity and social currency
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
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.
Eric D. Snider
April 24, 2008
Matters of taste aside, the film's platitude-heavy dialogue and pseudo-philosophical themes are ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 18, 2008
What this heavy-handed film mainly has to endure is a clunky story structure and an ending that wasn't original when it was seen four decades ago on The Twilight Zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
April 24, 2008
[Perelman] makes like a poet on Provigil and starts dumping symbolism by the bucket, until you can't help but sit there, Beavis & Butt-Head-like, thinking, 'This means something.'
Prairie Miller
April 19, 2008
An anti-abortion movement propaganda screed masquerading as a teen angst drama. All that's missing are the religious right pamphlet tables in the theater lobbies. There's apparently a new kind of female road movie out there, called the guilt trip.
Beth Accomando
June 8, 2008
The Life Before Her Eyes has the core of an inventive narrative and a twist that probably worked better as a literary device.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 29, 2008
Full of fussed-over significant images and delicately planned interlocking narrative motives, and it's about as subtle and clever as somebody clubbing you over the head with a folding chair
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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
Geoff Berkshire
April 17, 2008
The final twist ... only proves that the rest of the movie wasn't so confusing and irritating by accident -- it was designed that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
June 2, 2008
Disturbing school-shooting drama is a puzzler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Brenner
April 17, 2008
tasteful, overwrought direction at its finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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