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The Life Before Her Eyes Reviews

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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
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
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
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.
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
August 8, 2009
A hopelessly overblown melodrama, which oversteps its mark with pretensions of narrative complexity and social currency
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
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.
April 24, 2008
Matters of taste aside, the film's platitude-heavy dialogue and pseudo-philosophical themes are ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
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.'
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.
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.
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
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
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
June 2, 2008
Disturbing school-shooting drama is a puzzler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2008
tasteful, overwrought direction at its finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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