San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Emotionally sophisticated, humane and worth talking about for hours.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
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.
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By James Berardinelli
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Boasting two terrific performances by Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood as the adult and teenage versions of the same character.
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Chicago Tribune

Beautiful, horrifying, exasperating and just plain weird.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Perelman pays such cooing attention to surfaces that our response to violence carries no more importance than our response to the delicate jewelry around the adult Diana's neck.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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."
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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38 out of 100
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