Eye of the Beholder
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Part high-tech spy thriller and part psychological study, Eye of the Beholder was Ewan McGregor's first feature film following his mainstream breakthrough performance in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The Eye (Ewan McGregor) is an agent of the British Secret Service, equipped with the latest in high-tech crime fighting gadgetry and assisted by his indefatigable collegue, Hilary (k.d. lang). The Eye's latest assignment is a surveillance project; the son of a well-known politician has been spending a great deal of money on someone, and they would like to know who and why. A… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

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"As misogynistic as anything I've seen in ages, it's tricked up with enough fancy cinematography (by Guy Dufaux) to guarantee it sub-Hitchcockian credentials of the sort that some reviewers eagerly hand out to Brian De Palma."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's late January, winter is entrenched, and in the lull between the bounty of Christmas and the renewal of spring, the big screen can sometimes seem barren -- a movable famine."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"You're unlikely to see a scene as weird as the one where McGregor beats up Judd's blind fiancée, as a way to warn him that she'll kill him. That seems counter-intuitive, but nothing in Eye of the Beholder reeks of anything near the notion of intuition."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"On the bright side, I only lost an hour and half of my life watching this piece of [expletive deleted], unlike those involved in the making of it, who lost months."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Unfortunately, Elliott's latest effort contained too many blanks for me to fill in."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The result is compellingly bonkers."
‑ , Time Out
"In trying to both inflame and indict our morbid curiosity, Elliott fails to make the needed connection between the audience and a peeper who has lost his moral balance."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's not good when you check your watch every 20 minutes during a 107-minute movie. It's bad when you think, "Yeaahh, rrright" almost as often."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"As if to make up for the disjointed quality of the story, director Elliott has incorporated various themes into the film, such as the repetitive use of snow globes, angel statues, and astrology... Unfortunately, these things only pretty up a bad picture."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"If you took five different jigsaw puzzles, threw the pieces together on a table top and spent two hours trying to make a cohesive picture, you might end up with something along the lines of this."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Remove the directorial flash and filigree, and its narrative would be easier to track."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Eye of the Beholder is yet another example of how bad movies can happen to good people."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"During one scene, some characters take a break by watching a video of Roger Corman's great 1960 The Wasp Woman. I suggest you do the same."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"McGregor's and Judd's attentive, focused performances never allow their characters to become lost in Elliott's fractured, virtual America."
‑ Ken Hollings, Sight and Sound
"Eye of the Holder makes you wonder how bad are the scripts that Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor turn down."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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