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: 24% 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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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

Surely the point of a "twist" is that it should slot into the plot with a satisfying click, not that it should invalidate 50 per cent of what came before it?

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Some viewers will find the film's dreamlike mood overly arty and precious, but I was moved by its depiction of lives held in the balance on the cusp of adulthood.

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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.

Xan Brooks

Vadim Perelman's drama is both tasteful and tedious. With its honeyed visuals, affluent air and coy portents of disaster, it's like an advert for private health care played out on an endless loop.

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Matthew Lucas
From the Front Row

Falls flat under the weight of its own self importance.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The film's dogged repetition of its pivotal scene has to go somewhere, but it's enslaved to a narrative conceit even M Night Shyamalan might find a trifle gimmicky.

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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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
This film reminded me of 'Stay'. But while I liked 'Stay', I didn't like this one much. The story is told in an unconventional way, and… More
Chris Garman
The Life Before Her Eyes opens up with the typical high school day of not really caring about classes and dishing on who‚??s doing what with whom. But as Diana… More
Jake ....
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
Brian M. Wixson, Eva Amurri, Evan Rachel Wood Diana is a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life--and perhaps her… More
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.