The Life Before Her Eyes Synopsis
A woman's memories of a traumatic event from her childhood ruin her otherwise idyllic life.
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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" –...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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The Life Before Her Eyes

By Alfred34
This is a terrific movie about choices and the connection between remembering and imagining. It is the best movie I've seen this year....

Cinematic Poetry

By NeoOne
I'm not sure why anyone would be confused about this movie. Beautifully shot with great camera movement and shots. The acting is top notch from both Ms Thurman and Wood as well as Ms Amurri. ...

Excellent movie - Uma finally gets to truly act!

By Films_Addiction
Independent film. Very good! Excellent cast. Excellent acting. Excellent direction. Story was very good with the perfect topic for today’s audience – school shootings. I love Uma Thurman in this...

The Life Before Her Eyes

By Behind_the_scene
Interesting concept, but the surprise ending was signaled ahead of time. Photography was very artistic, but the short focus became tiresome after a while. Great job by all the actors....

Uma and Evan Rachel - Bravo!

By norm_the_moviegoer
I have to admit to being an Uma Thurman fan. And now I have added Evan Rachel Wood to the list of actors and actresses that I will continue to look for in future movies. Typically I do not like...

The Life Before Her Eyes

By movie_sungoddess
This is a good, but confusing movie. It left everyone in the audience confused. We had to talk amongst ourselves to figure it out. I would have been fine not seeing it....

Great movie!!!

By capn_oats89
I really enjoyed this movie. I thought Uma Thermon and Evan Rachel Wood both did a fantastic job. The movie really draws you in and the ending was fantastic as well!...

By savjrb

The life before her eyes

By Drez_Digital
A woman is haunted by her past in this repetitive drama....

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Rated R | For violent and disturbing content, language and brief drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Disturbing school-shooting drama is a puzzler.
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