The Public Eye Reviews

August 5, 2020
The Public Eye is the sort of film that frankly never had any chance of becoming a financial success (it grossed a paltry $3 million against a $15 million budget), yet it's good enough that we're thankful the studio elected to waste money on it anyway.
July 25, 2018
The film's visual rhythm is a key reflection of its story, so that neither the lush beauty nor the arresting squalor is gratuitous.
April 16, 2018
Essentially this is an undeveloped concept, an assorted collection of characters in search of an author. A true sign of its problems emerges from the increasing sense that until the end, the most explosive moments are the popping of flash bulbs.
August 16, 2013
Plays as if a moody 1940's noir film.
January 18, 2013
The tale's mournful B-movie romanticism-and Pesci's introspective, crablike performance gets under your skin. In its moody, daffy way, The Public Eye gives off an authentic reek of artistic compulsion.
September 7, 2011
October 9, 2006
A period noir thriller, in which Pesci plays one of his few lead roles as Leon (Bernzy)Bernstein, a magician behind the lens with an eye for life's darker side blessed with the soul of an artist
October 9, 2005
June 10, 2004
February 22, 2004
November 11, 2003
September 14, 2002
August 7, 2002
July 25, 2002
January 1, 2000
There are moments in The Public Eye that made me think a little about Casablanca, especially the earlier scenes when Bogart is still mad at Bergman. Higher praise is not necessary.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 1800