Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    88
    A brilliant little exercise. As a horror movie, it packs one genuine scare after another, right up to the moment of its inconceivably ghastly end. As a mystery, it unfolds with an almost supernatural elegance. And as a metaphor for the movies themselves, it's truly exceptional.
  2. Part supernatural thriller, part Oliver Sacks-style meditation on the neurological mysteries of perception, and part Buddhist treatise on reincarnation, the story luxuriates in shadows.
  3. Their (filmmakers Oxide and Danny Pang) sense of pacing is nicely arrhythmic, which makes the "boo" moments all the more heart-thudding, but what's even more pleasurable are the pockets of quiet, those lacuna of low-frequency dread when nothing much happens.
  4. Rarely has the basic nature of visual perception seemed so frightening.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Despite an overwrought finale, this stylish horror film is genuinely creepy. See it before the inevitable Hollywood remake.
  6. The Pang brothers bring you into a surrealistically memorable ghost world of the beyond. It's also refreshing to have two forceful young women (Mun and Ling) at the center of the story.
  7. Although almost nothing about The Eye is surprising, the movie is nevertheless engrossing, as it mutates from horror movie to ghost story to psychological drama to disaster flick (a late, stunning twist). It casts a spell strong enough that viewers won't want to look away.
  8. 75
    The Pangs deliver enough shivery scares to keep you up nights. Eyes wide shut.
  9. 75
    Its "I see dead people" premise is shopworn, but Hong Kong brothers Oxide and Danny Pang manage to deliver real skin-prickling jolts with their minimalist horror film.
  10. Steadily, stealthily, The Eye works its way into your psyche, playing with your mind and always keeping a surprise or two up its sleeve.
  11. The Pangs are at their best playing in the style sandbox, creating shivery imagery and eerie moods while exploring nothing deeper than irony and unease, as their climax so effectively demonstrates.
  12. 70
    Although I have mixed feelings about The Eye, there's no question the Pangs have a natural talent for cinema. They create bright, unfussy images and work terrifically with actors.
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Genuinely scary, especially when it strays from its lame plot to orchestrate some beautifully chilling set pieces, including one in the world's slowest elevator that'll raise the hairs on the back of even the most weary genre fan's neck.
  14. This moody Hong Kong thriller puts a stylish new spin on the old "Hands of Orlac" horror motif.
  15. 67
    The Coens have often been accused of coldness toward their characters, but the verve and wit of their films reveal genuine compassion and heart. Based on the evidence of this film, the Pangs aren't quite there yet.
  16. 63
    This is the kind of movie you happen across on TV, and linger to watch out of curiosity, but its inspired moments serve only to point out how routine, and occasionally how slow and wordy, the rest of it is.
  17. It's unabashedly derivative and spooky enough to keep you up at night.
  18. Conventional and erratic in tone as The Eye is, the film has some real visual (and auditory) style going for it.
  19. 60
    Spooky and character-driven, this stylish ghost story owes a great deal to contemporary Japanese ghost movies in general and M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" (1999) in particular but weaves a creepy spell all its own.
  20. 60
    For a while, it's a dark, insubstantial treat.
  21. Fright fans could do a lot worse than The Eye; the Pangs have talent, but when they realize that a film isn't the same thing as a feature-length commercial, perhaps they'll provide us with some more original visions.
  22. Much of the action is interesting, and surprisingly well grounded in science...Yet the script works few variations on its basic idea until the climax, which is crazily out of scale -- the urban-traffic equivalent of a nuclear holocaust.
  23. 60
    The Pang brothers rely heavily on visual razzle-dazzle (courtesy of cinematographer Decha Srimantra) and startling sound effects to work up the scares.
  24. 50
    The Eye is a feast to behold, but it lacks substance and will leave most viewers wholly unsatisfied.
  25. 50
    Given that The Eye plays out without so much as a single new idea or real surprise, it's a testament to the Pangs' knack for composition and editing -- or Orange Music's merciless Psycho-tronic score -- that the movie goes boo as effectively as it does.
  26. 38
    Like the horror-flick hacks who infest Hollywood like termites, the Pangs don't build suspense, they assault the senses with twitchy photography and Danny's editing.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 24, 2012
    10
    Mun is a girl of twenty blind since the age of two years, which, thanks to a corneal transplant from a donor unknown, regains his sight. After a while, however, Mun also begins to see visions of mysterious and very disturbing. In fact, now she is able to see the souls of the dead that in the beginning, since he could not yet see well, she mistook for real people. She not only sees dead people, but also creatures dressed in black and the pure white face that accompany the souls when they die. This will be the beginning of a nightmare for her. The movie the Pang brothers is formed by a cast of great actors. The plot is not very original, but the film works thanks to an excellent director who manages to combine the tension and fear with some really dramatic and moving. Full Review »
  2. ChadS.
    Jul 9, 2006
    5
    Unlike the boy in "The Sixth Sense", Mun(Angelica Lee) doesn't try to help the dead people. Even though the ghosts seem relatively benevolent, the music suggests otherwise. In an elevator, an undead man is just standing there, but the score seems to indicate he wants to do Mun harm. Maybe he just wants her to press a button. There's also a set-piece that seems to have been lifted from "The Mothman Prophecies". Full Review »
  3. M.Daye
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    Genuinely terrifying and, though it does borrow frequently from the archives of horror, there is a modern twist added which gives it a slight sci-fi touch. Full Review »