100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie has done what those who've cherished the book might have thought impossible -- intensified its singular beauty by roving as free and fearlessly as Bauby's mind did.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Director Julian Schnabel and screenwriter Ronald Harwood have performed a small miracle in adapting for the screen Jean-Dominique Bauby's autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
At the end we are left with the reflection that human consciousness is the great miracle of evolution, and all the rest (sight, sound, taste, hearing, smell, touch) are simply a toolbox that consciousness has supplied for itself.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The most beautiful movie ever made about a man who could only move one eyelid -- almost dangerously beautiful.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
He even calls the majestic view from one of the hospital landings his Cinecittà, after the legendary Italian film studio. The movie is a Cinecittà of the mind.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film is more than laborious eye-blinking - it's also dazzling visually, its potent imagery conjured by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. But finally, Diving Bell is about something imperceptible: consciousness.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie will wipe you out. Schnabel's previous two films (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) also focused on artists. But this is his best film yet, a high-wire act of visual daring and unquenchable spirit.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
By the end, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly achieves a victory over difficult material, but celebrating that fact doesn't preclude recognizing the story is not a natural for movies and remains an uneasy match.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Take us on an indelible tour through the highest and lowest points of the human experience.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Whereas the book was lyrical and moving, the movie is surrealistic and inventive.
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92 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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