Eye Of God
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Ainsley Dupree (Martha Plimpton) is a short-order cook at a diner in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, a country town in the middle of nowhere. Lonely and bored, Ainsley becomes pen pals with Jack Stillings (Kevin Anderson), who is currently serving time in prison. When Jack is released, he immediately asks Ainsley to marry him, and she impulsively agrees. Jack embraced Christianity while behind bars, and he encourages his wife to attend church with him each Sunday. However, Jack's requests soon become demands, and before long, she's forbidden to leave the house while he's at work pumping gas.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Anderson creates what may be the most vividly scary and authentic portrait of a sociopathic ex-con since Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"''Eye of God'' is another small coup for Ms. Plimpton, whose uncanny ability to disappear into an assortment of thorny working-class characters comes close to matching Meryl Streep's in chameleonlike perfection."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"...an overly complex narrative puzzle placed amid an atmospheric setting with distracting voice-over narration by Holbrook's town sheriff as he reflects on a tragedy that makes mute a local orphan..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's a shame that this strong cast had such weak material to play."
‑ Jon Alon Walz, Boxoffice Magazine
"Best suited for a cult audience."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Set against the vivid backdrop of an Oklahoma oil town in the terminal stages of economic devastation, "Eye of God" is deliberately paced but almost entirely free of nonessential material."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"A strange, dark movie that ruminates upon several weighty questions about faith and the existence of a Supreme Being ..."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Tim Blake Nelson shows promise and has captured the essense of a small rural town, but his point isn't defined clearly enough."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Unfolds with a flashback/flashforward razz-ma-tazz that doesn't quite disguise its predictability."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Despite the fact that the film's whole never quite equals its parts, Eye of God provides a fascinating ride and evocative glimpses of ordinary people in the throes of crisis."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Moody, sympathetic and shot through with a sense of apprehension, "Eye of God" marks an impressive debut for writer-director Tim Blake Nelson."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"A film in which dreams seem to yearn toward a place where they can grow."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Offbeat and worthwhile"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Impresses with its ambitious theme, complex structure, well-sustained tension and strong, heartfelt performances."
‑ Bob Satuloff, Film Journal International
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