Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

1999

Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

Critics Consensus

Director Alejandro Amenábar tackles some heady issues with finesse and clarity in Open Your Eyes, a gripping exploration of existentialism and the human spirit.

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Total Count: 46

88%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 38,283
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In this Spanish-French-Italian co-production, a man deserts women after sleeping with them just once, a lifestyle that becomes his ultimate downfall. Finally he decides to stay with one woman, but reality and fantasy become blurred at the climax of the film.

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Critic Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11)

  • Even if the script (written by the director and Mateo Gil) and direction are patchy, the obsessive theme is gripping.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Full Review…
  • This is so smart, mischievous and stylish, you'll instantly want to see it again.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • If you're the type who doesn't mind jigsaw puzzles unassembling themselves as you assemble them, if you enjoy enigmas and don't need explanations, the film just might work for you.

    Jul 21, 2005
  • For adventurous filmgoers, though, this Spanish import offers something off the beaten path and a chance to play the coffee-shop game: Could This Screenplay Be Saved?

    Mar 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • One of the most thought-provoking thrillers of recent years, a film that really does challenge its audience's expectations and suppositions at every turn.

    Jan 22, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • A film with enough intellectual meat on its stylish bones to give more adventurous moviegoers something to chew on afterward.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos)

  • Jun 18, 2016
    Amenábar follows his intelligent debut Thesis with this equally smart, well-written and nicely-acted psychothriller that takes a simple premise and shapes it into something so puzzling that we can't see where reality ends and illusion begins - and the strong ending is more than earned.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2015
    Truly, one of the very best sci-fis and explorations of the human soul I've seen in years.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2012
    A very well-made Spanish psychological thriller with a surprisingly well-thought out ending, Open Your Eyes works effectively as both a thriller and, for the first hour or so, a romance. Eduardo Noriega actually has really great chemistry with Penelope Cruz, and the movie begins as an engrossing romance between the two of them. However, that all comes crashing down soon enough, and the movie evolves into a mysterious story of dreams versus reality. The easiest comparison I can make to describe this latter portion of the movie is Jacob's Ladder, although there isn't nearly as much switching between different perceived realities. The big reveal at the end of the movie is actually pretty interesting and unexpected, although it isn't perfect by any means. Open Your Eyes is ultimately a very enjoyable and thoughtful mystery to unravel and one of the better mind-bending psychological thrillers I've seen. Watch this instead of the weaker American remake with Tom Cruise, Vanilla Sky.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2011
    One helluva original mindfuck of a movie! And remember, this came out 2 years before similar ideas showed up in <i>The Matrix.</i> I've seen the remake <i>Vanilla Sky</i> twice (once with commentary) which it turns out was extremely faithful so my confusion level was nearly nonexistent here. I recommend either one really, although when you're establishing the role of a smugly handsome playboy, Eduardo Noriega is no Tom Cruise which is one advantage <i>Vanilla Sky</i> owns. Penelope Cruz is still Penelope Cruz in Spanish or English though.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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