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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Emotionally sophisticated, humane and worth talking about for hours. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Consider this more a consumer warning than a movie review: The Life Before Her Eyes will draw you in, then intrigue you, then bore you, then bewilder you, then make you crazy with its incessant flashbacks and flash forwards, and finally leave you feeling like the victim of a fraud. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The best thing about The Life Before Her Eyes, a somber meditation on fate and friendship, is the way it captures the close relationship between two teenage girls. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    What this heavy-handed film mainly has to endure is a clunky story structure and an ending that wasn't original when it was seen four decades ago on "The Twilight Zone." show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Boasting two terrific performances by Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood as the adult and teenage versions of the same character. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Of the two timelines, the one featuring the teenage Diana is more involving than the one featuring the adult version. Both lead actresses give fine performances, but Thurman has less material to work with. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The fact that I didn't understand a film, that its ending can be interpreted at least two ways and maybe three – all likely to be "true" – usually sends me growling in disgust from the theater. But The Life Before Her Eyes has grown on me in memory. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    Beautiful, horrifying, exasperating and just plain weird. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's sad to see such subtle, wrenchingly emotional work expended on such trifling material. show more

  • 38
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    When the big twist is revealed at the end of The Life Before Her Eyes, you might think the only way to appreciate its cleverness is to see the film again. I did that. It didn't help. show more

  • May 22, 2008 Kenny
    Report This User

    Sometimes slow-moving and repetitive, but ultimately, this movie is worth the time to see. It is a moving portrait of an awful event beyond one's control imparting life-long guilt, and how that guilt affects one's perceptions, memory and consciousness.

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