Eye of God
Eye of God (1997)

Tim Blake Nelson wrote and directed this adaptation of his own stage play: The police chief (Hal Holbrook) of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, attempts to find out what happened to 15-year-old Tommy Spencer (Nick Stahl), found in a traumatic state… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 1997
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Anderson creates what may be the most vividly scary and authentic portrait of a sociopathic ex-con since Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

''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.

Cole Smithey

...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...

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Joe Leydon

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.

James Berardinelli

A strange, dark movie that ruminates upon several weighty questions about faith and the existence of a Supreme Being ...

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Tim Blake Nelson shows promise and has captured the essense of a small rural town, but his point isn't defined clearly enough.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Moody, sympathetic and shot through with a sense of apprehension, "Eye of God" marks an impressive debut for writer-director Tim Blake Nelson.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A film in which dreams seem to yearn toward a place where they can grow.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Offbeat and worthwhile

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