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The Life Before Her Eyes

HD   R Closed Captioning

Vadim Perelman

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About the Movie

The Life Before Her Eyes is an intense and visually evocative drama about the loss of youth, investigating how a single moment in time can define an entire life. Based on Laura Kasischke's visionary novel, the story hinges on a pivotal confrontation: two high school girls held captive by a gunman are forced to make the terrifying choice as to who will live and who will die.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 93
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 71
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A fictional drama that uses a Columbine-like high school massacre as a plot device had better have solid justification for engaging our grief and horror. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's too clever by half, too facile in its use of sensationalist headline material, too far-fetched in its psychological fancy. – Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The Life Before Her Eyes might offer a fresh perspective on aborted dreams, but its insights are buried under stale, inflated moviemaking. – Janice Page, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Rotten: Not a film entirely devoid of virtue, though it comes closer to that mark than any movie I've seen this year--closer than any movie I'd care to see in any year. – Rob Nelson, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

so good.

this movie is one that you can't forget about; it will leave you thinking about it for days. the dvd case has a really cheezy review but don;t be fooled. this movie is intense, haunting, delicate, and powerful. the acting is supreme.


This movie was amazing; really original and moving. They just didn't market it enough. One of the best movies of the year. A must-see.

the life before her eyes

this movie is so good!!!! i loved it! it has really good acting and a good plot line and it shows how terrible life can really be. it puts you in the shooting event and makes you feel like you are actually there. i cried, it is definetly a tear jerker. two thumbs wayyy up!

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