The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
October 18, 2008
What's fascinating is that it is the very restrictions the story imposes on a director that allow Schnabel to turn it into such an eerie stunner of a movie.
October 18, 2008
Nothing in director Julian Schnabel's career so far has anticipated the sweetness, sadness, maturity and restraint of this lovely movie.
October 18, 2008
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is one of the best movies of 2007, but I'd argue it's also the one most in tune with what this season of goodwill and tolerance is supposed to be all about.
May 8, 2008
June 6, 2019
Films like this are rare - movies that celebrate what is best in humanity in a powerful and moving way, that deserve to be seen and remembered.
February 1, 2019
A masterfully structured narrative: the story bounces organically and sensuously around various players and memories in Bauby's life.
August 23, 2018
It is a film that presents a nightmarish and almost unbearable medical case history that has been handled with humor, a lyrical deftness, and a remarkable absence of sentimentality...
August 22, 2017
Julian Schnabel's first film since Before Night Falls is a gorgeous, canny, and sensual adaptation of a most unlikely story.
April 28, 2011
An inventive, challenging, at times emotionally bracing film, audaciously staged and laudably anti-clichd in its character particulars, yet destined to be more admired than beloved.
September 25, 2010
Julian Schnabel and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski fundamentally retool the template for the biopic to create one of the greatest portrayals of the mind's eye ever put to film. A discomforting but inspiring struggle for one enduring, final expression.
October 9, 2009
This uncommon story about an uncommon man is gentle, it is patient, it is compassionate and -- from a technical standpoint -- it is stunning.
August 27, 2009
Triumph of the human spirit to the Miramax, predictable in its crowd-pleasing, middlebrow vulgarity but with a few inventive, free-floating passages
April 23, 2009
[Schnabel is] drawn to the plight of the imagination struggling against limits, and Bauby's Beckett-like extremity has inspired his best film to date and the best film of the year.
November 8, 2008
Una pelcula realmente conmovedora que logra trasladar a hermosas y sugestivas imgenes la experiencia real de un hombre paralizado fsica aunque no mentalmente.
October 18, 2008
Of all the movies generating award buzz this season, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was the most surprising to me and perhaps the most special.
October 18, 2008
Movies are a lot more than a bunch of pictures, no matter how ravishing, and the strong cast is key here, especially the three women who dominate Bauby's life.
October 18, 2008
The film is certainly rich in imagery, and its immersion into the subjective is a daringly successful conceit, but it never quite pulls all the pieces together.
October 18, 2008
How does an actor act when he can use only one eye? You'll have to see the film to find out, but rest assured that there are sufficient flashbacks to give the remarkable Mathieu Amalric a chance to use the usual actor's tools as well.
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