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  • Summary: Sydney Wells is an accomplished, independent, Los Angeles-based concert violinist. She is also blind, and has been so since a childhood tragedy. Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, a surgery she has waited her whole life to have, and her sight is restored. After the surgery, neural ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Faulkner helps Sydney with the difficult adjustment, and with the support of her older sister Helen, Sydney learns to see again. But Sydney's happiness is short-lived as unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a passing aftermath of her surgery, Sydney's mind adjusting to sight, a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney's family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see. (Lionsgate)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. A quirkily efficient genre exercise that knows exactly where and when to administer its cattle-prod shivers.
  2. 50
    Their movie is watchable - never more gratuitously so than when Alba is filmed showering and slipping into a tank top. But we've been here before, no?
  3. The most vivid aspect of The Eye is its poster image, that of a huge female eye with a human hand gripping the lower lid from the inside. The least vivid aspect is the way Jessica Alba delivers a simple line of expository dialogue.
  4. 42
    The major problem is the death of a horror film: It's startling, but not particularly scary.
  5. Sacrifices the quietly creepy qualities of the original in favor of ramped-up horror film techniques that by now seem distressingly familiar.
  6. Louder and more literal than its inspiration, The Eye benefits from a spiky performance by Alessandro Nivola as Sydney’s rehabilitation counselor. “Your eyes are not the problem,” he tells her at one point. He is so, so right.
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    20
    The entire movie is an object lesson in diminishing returns: of nagging shock cuts and blaring sound cues used as indiscriminately as joy buzzers; of “look out behind you!” scares that wouldn’t make a Cub Scout flinch; of a blurry visual scheme that was far more terrifying in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," where it sought empathy rather than empty sensation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. MichaelD.
    Oct 8, 2008
    10
    They did a great job on close-up pre action "jump" shots. A great way to catch attention. For the writers of this movie, mad props. 10 out of 10.
  2. Mar 28, 2011
    10
    It was Okay, same Level like Gothika, nothing New but for sure no complete time waste, light Horror Movie
    with a Sexy Jessica Alba to stay
    Tuned and an satisfied Ending. Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2014
    7
    With the exception of Jessica Alba being annoying (it seemed to me she was more focused on looking pretty than acting) and a laughable stunt at the end to try and tack on a greater meaning to the film, it was compelling and quite frightening at times. Expand
  4. LiamH.
    Jun 13, 2008
    4
    it was ok, less then avg. The beginning was cool but it just went downhill from there. If you've seen The Ring movies, then this is pretty much the same thing. You can almost place $million bets on the exact times of big stunners. I would rent it. Bottom line: Rent this movie, don't waste 9.95 for the movie ticket + $40 popcorn Its kinda like the whole Japanese movie conversions have been sucked down to their last drop of sweet nectar, and this is the aftermath. Expand
  5. Jul 20, 2011
    3
    It's basically the same as the original but is a thousand times more exaggerated. The original is more natural to make you believe more in the story, since the remake makes it all far-fetched, unrealistic. It's decent, but only for a change, the original is better. Hopefully we've got the beautiful Jessica Alba collaborating with the look of the film. The story is interesting and plausible, has some good scenes of shock, although not being many and not giving so afraid and the performances are reasonable. Jessica Alba played fairly better than I expected. Collapse
  6. PerspicaciousCritic
    Feb 2, 2008
    3
    "The major problem is the death of a horror film: It's startling, but not particularly scary," writes The Onion's Tasha Robinson. Well, it's a PG-13 film, Ms. Robinson; that should be your clue. Expand
  7. Ryencoke
    Feb 5, 2008
    0
    This had to quite honestly the worst movie I have ever seen. The Chinese version of this film is awesome. But this movie was so overly horrible. They are shooting the Camera on Jessica's ass in so many angles. It's really pathetic. In a scene she is getting into a vehicle and the camera is on her ass. Honestly, what a horrid movie. Expand

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