Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes)

2010

Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes)

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A woman is trying to unravel a mystery that she literally can no longer see in this thriller from Spanish filmmaker Guillem Morales. Julia (Bel (C)n Rueda) and her sister, Sara, have both inherited a medical condition that is slowly robbing them of their eyesight, with stress severely aggravating the condition. When Julia gets the news that Sara has died, she has a hard time believing the police report that she committed suicide, and she and her husband, Isaac (Llus Homar), begin looking into the matter. As Julia examines the particulars of Sara's death, she begins to suspect the actions of Sara's neighbor Blasco (Boris Ruiz), his daughter, Lia (Andrea Hermosa), and an aged woman named Soledad (Julia Guti (C)rrez Caba). As Julia becomes more convinced that Sara's neighbors were involved in her death, unpleasant events begin happening all around her, and as she comes closer to unraveling the knots that have tied up Sara's death, Julia inches closer to total blindness. Produced in part by Guillermo del Toro, Los Ojos de Julia (aka Julia's Eyes) was an official selection at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes)

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (7)

  • Julia's Eyes becomes a little incoherent as it plunges towards resolution, but it's unerringly stylish and whole-heartedly suspenseful along the way.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating, broken-backed picture full of riveting twists and dubious psychology.

    May 23, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • This cannily uncanny film resonates.

    May 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • When a few of the more ludicrous twists arrive in the second half, there's enough goodwill generated by the thoughtful, creepy and effective setup to carry things through to the end.

    May 19, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • This is edge-of-the-seat viewing from start to finish.

    May 19, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Aims for intricate, Hitchcockian suspense, embellished with ornate visual flourishes that recall Dario Argento's early giallo movies.

    May 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Los ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes)

  • Apr 18, 2016
    I love Spanish horror so much and Julia's Eyes is another good one that I can add to my long list of good ones. The supernatural elements blended intricately with the very real idea of being stalked, and massively shared nightmare of being rendered blind mix very well into a horror that features excellent cinematography (directed by Pan's Labyrinth's Guillermo del Toro) and very honest and brave acting from the title character. The grey, dullish tones bode for a few boring moments and sometimes the story zooms from point to point and its dizzying.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2013
    Julia's Eyes has a terrifying premise. Losing your vision methodically, while investigating the death of a loved one, who may or may not of killed themselves, and being stalked by a shadowy figure that may be involved. Chilling to the bone! I jumped out of my seat more with the scares in this movie than most of the horror movies released to theaters last year! The atmosphere and suspense were stellar and had me on the edge of my seat. The film is like an unknown Alfred Hitchcock classic! The performances were compelling, especially from the lead actress who gives a pretty great and shattering performance of a woman losing her vision, Julia, played by Belén Rueda, who you may remember from 2007's The Orphanage. Director, Guillem Morales is definitely one to look out for, as this is only his second feature horror film and he is already very skillful at it. The attention to detail with no reliance on effects is much needed in this genre, it seems that he knows what he is doing and shows maturity as a director and it's only his second movie! He knows this genre to the basics of its birth and I hope he sticks with horror! Now I really want to see The Uninvited Guest, his first full-length film. Can't wait to see what he has in store for us next! Overall, this is a solid, good old-fashioned, yet modern psychological/horror film, with strong performances, a terrifying story, chilling atmosphere and suspense, effective scares without being overly gory and a great director behind the camera. What more can you ask for when most theatrical horror movies are less than perfect and disappointing? Go rent it ASAP! 7.5 out of 10!!!!
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2012
    A Spanish thriller/horror mystery that is better than most, proving once again that the Spanish can make some pretty creepy movies. Julia's Eyes isn't quite as emotionally deep or dramatic as it tries to be, but it has a sense of dread throughout that starts out weak then builds up to a terrifying final 20 minutes, with an intensely frightening climax that will undoubtedly scare you half to death. The movie occasionally drags a little, especially near the middle, but it's never for long and the ending makes up for it, and then some. The movie still feels somewhat forgettable, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means. If you're looking for a scary thriller, Julia's Eyes is an enjoyable way to spend two hours of your time.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2012
    Started off pretty good - I thought, from all the creepy happenings, that this was going to be a ghost story. Then, because of the interesting filming after Julia's operation where the new characters introduced never show their faces, I thought she had lost her mind and was imagining the whole thing. The actuality was less exciting, but it works. Filming and acting is great. I especially liked the end scenes with the flashing camera - very effective. Good creepy movie to watch in the evening!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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