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  • Summary: Take My Eyes tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence, but like "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Drugstore Cowboy," it broadens (and never dilutes) its cautionary tale with humor, lyricism, and a shattered love story. (New Yorker Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Actors Laia Marull and Luis Tosar explore the intricate details of a relationship based on the laws of attraction and repulsion, in which the intellect is repeatedly devastated by primal passion.
  2. 90
    A harrowing drama spun from the most mundane material.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Harrowing, psychologically astute drama.
  4. While hardly glorifying abusive husbands, Take My Eyes, a mesmerizing and deeply disturbing film from Spain, makes an attempt to understand their thought processes.
  5. 75
    Take My Eyes might look and sound like an earnest message movie, but its bone-deep understanding of the tricky psychology of abuse feels effortlessly authentic.
  6. 70
    Handles the subject of domestic violence with intelligence and compassion.
  7. If Take My Eyes explored how a woman could still feel for a man who abused her, it might have gripped us with its difficult truths. But the movie presents Pilar and Antonio's marriage as a stale, neurotic dead end.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. ChadS.
    Jun 15, 2007
    8
    Antonio(Luis Tosar) sees it. We see it. When Pilar(Laia Marull) conducts a seminar on art, she widens the gap between herself and Antonio Antonio(Luis Tosar) sees it. We see it. When Pilar(Laia Marull) conducts a seminar on art, she widens the gap between herself and Antonio with each thoughtful observation about the artist's rendering of Orpheus and his nymph. Pilar is radiant. The audience is spellbound. She doesn't need to settle for an abusive husband anymore. "Take my Eyes" does an admirable job of not portraying Antonio as an irredeemable monster, while at the same time, not suggesting that he is good enough for Pilar. Any man who seeks therapy for their violent impulses deserves a second chance, but not with the same woman. Interestingly, it's not Antonio we hate(since the man admits he has a problem), it's the mother, who refuses to recognize that her daughter is a battered spouse. This betrayal of sorts gives "Take My Eyes" some balance, and prevents the film from being hysterically anti-male. Expand
  2. KenG.
    Apr 3, 2006
    6
    An earnest, but not entirely sucessful attempt to deal with a powerful subject. It doesn't really explore why wife is making the An earnest, but not entirely sucessful attempt to deal with a powerful subject. It doesn't really explore why wife is making the decisions she's making, and the way film handles story, it starts to feel a little repetitive. Expand
  3. JohnM.
    Mar 19, 2006
    0
    Predictable spanish drama about wife-battering with a lot of clichés: woman without education married with a closed mind man. Her Predictable spanish drama about wife-battering with a lot of clichés: woman without education married with a closed mind man. Her mother don't see anything and her sister tries to protect her. The end is awful and unlikely. Expand