Eyes Without a Face
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French director Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face (Les Yeux Sans Visage) is an unsettling, sometimes poetic horror film. Pierre Brasseur plays a brilliant plastic surgeon, Prof. Genessier, who has vowed to restore the face of his daughter, Christiane (Edith Scob), who was mutilated in an automobile accident. With the help of his assistant (Alida Valli), he kidnaps young women, surgically removes their facial features, and attempts to graft their beauty onto his daughter's hideous countenance. This naturally has an adverse effect on the "donors," some of whom commit suicide… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lyrical monster movie with visceral thrills and moments of unforgettable visual poetry."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"As absurd and as beautiful as a fairy tale."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"(The film) made audiences faint and critics bristle with some of its grisly depictions."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Georges Franju's monstrous masterpiece delivers horror sans face but with a huge heart."
‑ Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies
"Wedding lyrical beauty to a gruesome scenario, it bridges the chasm between arthouse poetry and exploitation voyeurism."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
"One of those rare horror films that induces discomfort by showing practically nothing."
‑ Tim Purtell, Entertainment Weekly
"A marvellous movie in the fullest sense."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A terror tale that's as poetic as it is horrific."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Awesome for its time, but a little awkward today, this straight-talking shocker deserves regard rather than reverence."
‑ Matt Glasby, Film4
"A classic of twisted gothic enchantment."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It has some queasy scenes, but unclear progression and plodding direction give this an old-fashioned air."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Among the most disturbing horror films ever made."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Eyes Without A Face is a classic anomaly, out of step with its time (and any other), with mysteries that lingered long enough for critics finally to be intoxicated by them."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Georges Franju's classic horror grafts poetry onto brutality."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"A compelling and clinically brilliant combination of French art film and shock horror."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
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