The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Reviews

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September 8, 2008
An emotional tour de force that is simply stunning all around.
September 4, 2008
The camera techniques used actually give the audience just a hint of what it must be like to live with a fully aware mind, and one working eye.
August 7, 2008
Diving Bell is modishly slick, visually inventive and vaguely immaterial but ultimately moving because, well, how could it not be?
July 8, 2008
Um testamento profundamente tocante da fora do esprito humano.
April 19, 2008
Delves into the horrific destiny and triumphant creative, if not physical struggle of this French celebrity, whose stroke left him completely paralyzed save for interior silent monologues, and the furiously blinking eye of this ill-fated ravaged cyclops.
April 19, 2008
Amalric's performance is selfless and accomplished.
February 23, 2008
Thanks to wonderful direction, editing, and cinematography, Schnabel convinces us of this perspective with a stroke of brilliance...
February 20, 2008
[A]s intellectually gripping as it is emotionally compelling...
February 16, 2008
Screenwriter Ronald Harwood turns this first person novel into an intensely first person movie. There are times when it seems impossible that a camera could even be present, the surroundings are so perfectly interior to a man. Amazing.
February 15, 2008
While the result is a stirring homage to the power of imagination, memory and the human spirit, it is also an insightful approximation of the creative process itself.
February 13, 2008
Lingers long after the lights come up. We can be grateful that films of quiet, unique beauty continue to be made.
February 10, 2008
In spite of the rawness the film's subject, Schnabel wisely didn't create a weepy--far from it. This is a film about a flawed womanizer with little time for his children who comes to face himself by the vehicle of his own memoir.
February 8, 2008
Taking us from great depths to ethereal heights, this extraordinary true story is an inspiring reinforcement of inextinguishable inner strength and determination in the face of unimaginable adversity
February 8, 2008
... it is infused with Bauby's sarcastic sense of humor and engages us with questions of what makes a life worth living.
February 8, 2008
A poignant reflection on what it means to be alive and, visually, a true cinematic experience.
February 7, 2008
February 5, 2008
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly transcends the uplifting movie-of-the-week story through Schnabel's artful direction and deep empathy.
February 5, 2008
A deeply affecting film.
February 4, 2008
An almost excessively beautiful aestheticization of misery.
February 2, 2008
The unique POV is not a gimmicky technique but a transferring of creative responsibility.
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