Eye of the Beholder
Eye of the Beholder (2000)

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)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 28, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Improbable and muddled.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Adam Lippe

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.

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Time Out

The result is compellingly bonkers.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Remove the directorial flash and filigree, and its narrative would be easier to track.

Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

Eye of the Beholder more or less throws Vertigo, The Conversation, Body Double, and -- so help me -- Duel in the Sun into a blender and hits puree.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
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Directed by Stephen Elliott, Destination Films, 1999, Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin, k.d. Lang and Genevieve Bujold. Genre: Drama, Mystery,… More
Megan S
Boring. The only thing that redeeming about it was some of the clever camera work otherwise I would have given it a zero. I think it was trying to be too many… More
Kevin M. Williams
Curious tale, a cross-country Rear Window if you can imagine that, about a surveillance agent who obsesses about a woman he's tailing. It's s weird… More
Stuart Brooks
Did anyone like this movie? I doubt it, was recommended to me by a friend who must have been dropped on his head as a child.
Dean McKenna
Superb... dark and disturbing... beautiful and entertaining... chilling, emotional and thrill-packed between Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd on their journeys… More
Leigh Ryan
Interestingly great.