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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

HD   PG-13

Julian Schnabel

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About the Movie

From acclaimed director Julian Schnabel, and the screenwriter of The Pianist comes a remarkable and inspiring true story about the awesome power of imagination. Experience the triumphant tale of renowned editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man whose love of life and soaring vision shaped his will to achieve a life without boundaries. You'll soon discover why David Denby of The New Yorker calls The Diving Bell And The Butterfly "nothing less than the rebirth of the cinema."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 166
  • Fresh: 156
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: If a movie about the human spirit doesn't do it for you, The Diving Bell thoroughly doubles as a movie about the cinematic spirit. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: Director Julian Schnabel uses his skill as a painter to assemble a collage of fantastical images to reveal the exquisite physical wreck that Bauby has become. – Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Profoundly moving. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: A film that haunts and inspires. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I love Mathieu Amalric and I love this movie <3


A movie that reflects a memoir vividly. The matter of this tale is metaphorically canning. A true rendition of locked in-sydrome.

Truly inspiring

Reaching the end, yet leaving with a last hurray with much courage and happy spirit. Very few can. For he lived a true full life.

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