The Eyes of My Mother Reviews

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July 3, 2020
You can practically hear the filmmakers discussing what shocking event to include next. It tries very hard, with little larger understanding of why, and leaves lingering narrative holes.
June 12, 2017
This debut from Nicolas Pesce is tense and creepy, but also mannered and, ultimately, little more than pompous torture porn: a film for fans of horrible things being done to humans in artful close-up.
March 30, 2017
Deeply disturbing, and with just enough visual tantalisations to boast the director's skill, The Eyes of My Mother is a film that only few could enjoy, or at very least stomach.
March 27, 2017
Watching Nicolas Pesce's insipid The Eyes of My Mother, it's clear that some directors should make sure they've mastered the basics before they try to do something new within the genre.
March 21, 2017
An austere, redolent debut feature which slightly stirs and disturbs at times but, at a slender seventy six minutes, it is still often shockingly monotonous.
March 20, 2017
Immaculately poised but almost completely pointless, it moves from chin-strokingly pretentious to profoundly depressing.
January 19, 2017
I suppose that fans of horror films might like this, but I sure could not see any point to it.
December 23, 2016
The nicest thing I can say about The Eyes of My Mother is that it's only 77 minutes long. Anything longer would have been even more punishing. (Splice Today)
December 2, 2016
While the deliberately paced film subverts genre expectations with some stylish visual flourishes, any deeper meaning behind the nonchalant gore and the psychological effects on its protagonist remains muddled.
December 2, 2016
Never has a 76-minute movie seemed so slow. And rarely has a promising young director seemed so compromised by a dull, smug script.
December 2, 2016
The central point, if there is one (and that's a big 'if'), appears to be the distancing approach Pesce takes to this twisted story.
December 2, 2016
Pesce and I obviously don't agree on what constitutes effective (or maybe just productive) ambiguity. It's not a bad film ... it just isn't all there.
December 2, 2016
Put aside the photography and Eyes of My Mother is little more than the caboose on the torture-porn train, with Psycho-esque Freudian pretensions.
December 1, 2016
Shot in black-and-white video, the 76-minute horror film benefits from crisp, striking visuals that are well framed and moodily lit. But that's about all this absurd, illogical and underwhelming thriller has going for it.
December 1, 2016
The film benefits from Zach Kuperstein's moody black-and-white cinematography and the stark compositions, but the unrelenting ugliness and senselessness of the piece negate its occasional touches of minimalist beauty.
December 1, 2016
Pesce's beautifully photographed but aggressively unpleasant art-house horror film will no doubt have its champions, but it won't find one here.
November 28, 2016
Not for the squeamish and even those with strong stomachs may find themselves getting bored at times.
November 27, 2016
Though the film strives to be audacious and galvanizing, it's easily shaken off as an exercise in stunted necrophilia erotica.
November 22, 2016
A puerile film laden with gruesome imagery but lacking in tension, character or a connecting purpose.
November 18, 2016
'The Eyes of My Mother' just might be the gloomiest horror movie ever made.
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