The Life Before Her Eyes
The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

Based on author Laura Kasischke's novel The Life Before Her Eyes, House of Sand and Fog director Vadim Perelman's provocative study of memory, morality, and conscience stars Uma Thurman as the guilt-ridden survivor of a harrowing,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 8, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite earnest performances, Life Before Her Eyes is a confusing, painfully overwrought melodrama.

Leo Goldsmith

A hopelessly overblown melodrama, which oversteps its mark with pretensions of narrative complexity and social currency

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

What you get, in the end, is a pair of fine performances (from Thurman and Wood) and a technically well-made film that arrives at a foregone conclusion.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Every retouched color and dramatic visual effect serves to pollute the movie's already sloppy metaphysics with an unpleasant strain of hysteria.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Ambition and accomplishment are aeons apart in this would-be meaningful drama.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Thoroughly thought through and photographed with imagination and psychological penetration, it's the product of a very shrewd directorial hand.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

[Perelman] over-explains everything at the end with a montage of repeated scenes that ensures you never need see this film more than once.

Tom Long
Detroit News

In the end, Life is a challenging success, with Wood's performance again affirming her status among the young generation of actors, and Perelman's vision promising more intrigue to come.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Perelman never overcomes the disjuncture of having two familiar actresses play the same grown character, and despite the endless crosscutting, the two halves settle respectively into ghoulish foreboding and murky psychological drama.

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Peter Whittle
Sunday Times (UK)

In the hands of the director Vadim Perelman, it becomes a jumble of dramatic scenes and disorientating flashbacks that merge into a confusing, stream-of-consciousness narrative, and the twist, when it comes, is a complete cheat.

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Chris Garman
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It's funny how insignificant teenage years seem when you're actually living them. Culture and media tell us that they are the defining years, that we… More
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paul sandberg
I had no preconceived ideas about this film going in, other than I had heard that Uma Thurman had given a good turn in a dramatic role, so I was able to sit… More
Stefanie C
this movie was to disjointed in its time sequences to be classified as good.