Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight)
Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) (Permanent Midnight) (1999)

In this Spanish-French-Italian co-production, a man deserts women after sleeping with them just once, a lifestyle that becomes his ultimate downfall. Finally he decides to stay with one woman, but reality and fantasy become blurred at the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 18, 2001
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85%
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Alejandro Amenábar tackles some heady issues with finesse and clarity in Open Your Eyes, a gripping exploration of existentialism and the human spirit.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Even if the script (written by the director and Mateo Gil) and direction are patchy, the obsessive theme is gripping.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

For adventurous filmgoers, though, this Spanish import offers something off the beaten path and a chance to play the coffee-shop game: Could This Screenplay Be Saved?

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Blake French
Filmcritic.com

If Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch had collaborated on a project, the result might have been something like Open Your Eyes."

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Time Out

This is so smart, mischievous and stylish, you'll instantly want to see it again.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The cumbersome, fantastical plot twists of its last 40 minutes render the whole thing unfathomable.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

The visually stunning product is no less absorbing and haunting, not to mention surprisingly moving.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

If you're the type who doesn't mind jigsaw puzzles unassembling themselves as you assemble them, if you enjoy enigmas and don't need explanations, the film just might work for you.

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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice

Amenabar may drop the ball with a surprise happy ending, but the real shock is that when Cesar finally opens his eyes, you feel he's earned it.

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David Grove
Film Threat

Alejandro Amenabar announced himself in the category of the top level of directors working today.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Open Your Eyes is a mischievous and confusing fantasy playing with reality. Leading and puzzling, The Hollywood remake Vanilla Sky in 2001 can only dream on… More
Lady D'arbanville
I hadn't realised that Vanilla Sky had been a remake when I'd watched it, but shortly into this film, it became very familiar. Interestingly… More
Gregory Dark
This is definately a film one should watch with the American version. Seeing Cruz act in the same script as a different character is very rare. Being able to… More
Alice Shen
It's difficult to rate the original now without comparing it to the remake. It deserves credit for the wildly fascinating and mind-blowing concept.… More
Cassandra Maples
Abre los ojos......abre los ojos.... open your eyes.....open your eyes.... This is how the movie begins... I saw Vanilla sky first so agree that that may have… More
Greg S
After a handsome playboy suffers a disfiguring accident, he finds it increasingly difficult to distibguish reality from his nightmares. Well-scripted… More

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