The Eyes of My Mother Reviews

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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 23, 2017
Nicolas Pesce's film opens with an air of originality and deep disquiet and beautifully framed black-and-white photography... Unfortunately, in the second half it descends into... gratuitous torture porn.
December 16, 2016
It is a stark, dreadful vision - but one that is fascinatingly executed, with a compelling central performance from Kika Magalhaes as a matter-of-fact monster.
December 15, 2016
Chilling and disturbing, this is not a film for the faint-hearted.
December 9, 2016
Writer-director Nicolas Pesce's debut feels unnervingly like a Diane Arbus photo that's been stretched into a film. Which is to say, it's unnerving.
December 2, 2016
This is what curdled Americana looks like - a Joel-Peter Witkin portfolio come to life and a vision of jus' folks weaned on isolation, madness, and good old Type O.
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 1, 2016
Ms. Magalhaes, a former dancer, uses her expressive eyes and graceful limbs to bring the intimacy and sensuality of her actions to vivid life.
Top Critic
December 1, 2016
The Eyes of My Mother is the rare [horror] entry to give depth to its destructive force, to force those new eyes onto us and make us truly believe the terror of what we see.
December 1, 2016
At once briskly and deliberately paced, sustaining a precise narrative clarity even as it seems to flow with the logic of a nightmare, "The Eyes of My Mother" confounds expectations and defies easy categorization.
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
Lee really hits just a single note in this movie, but he hits it harder and longer and to more effect than many other directors could have done: the movie's rough edges and angularities make it snag in your mind.
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.
Top Critic
December 1, 2016
If Ingmar Bergman had helmed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, it might look something like this exquisite nightmare.
November 30, 2016
Certainly, it stands out among a crowded horror marketplace, and is one of the most unusual horror films I've seen in a while. It is also sometimes very hard to watch.
November 29, 2016
Fusing classic horror ingredients with haunting gothic imagery and expressionistic dread, The Eyes of My Mother mashes its gorgeous components into a shockingly original tone poem.
November 29, 2016
A sick, simmering nightmare of a movie.
November 29, 2016
Kika Magalhaes lends a vampiric presence to the central role, ready to suck her victims into a life of servitude inhabited only by nightmares. Indeed, this chilling film may just occupy yours.
November 29, 2016
A grizzly tale of American Gothic served up with an unexpected dash of moodily melodic Portuguese fado, The Eyes of My Mother is both strange and strangely enthralling.
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