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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Sacrifices the quietly creepy qualities of the original in favor of ramped-up horror film techniques that by now seem distressingly familiar.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    It's as if, on the umpteenth Asian-horror Xerox, the ink has run dry.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    This slick effort is effectively creepsome until it bogs down somewhat in plot explication.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Unfortunately, the final act (the Mexico sequences) illustrate where to take a ghost story if you want to exchange old-fashioned horror for a grilled cheese sandwich.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Jessica Alba sees dead people in blah horror film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this creepy horror film (which stars teen favorite Jessica Alba) features many suspenseful scenes full of ghosts, dead people, and shadows; these sequences are made scarier by the way the camera emulates Sydney's blurry vision. Violence includes explosions and fires in which people are burned. A brief scene shows Alba in the shower from the shoulders up, with her arm covering her breasts; another angle shows her crouched figure through a blurry door. Language is unusually mild for a PG-13 film.

  • Families can talk about the many U.S. remakes of Asian horror movies. How do these moody, strange films translate for American audiences? Why do you think their focus on spirits and hauntings is so popular? How do you think the remakes are similar to and different from the originals? Families can also discuss why Sydney might "miss" her blindness, even without the ghostly visitations?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Sydney's fears inspire derision from her conductor/mentor and argument from her therapist. But she's a plucky girl and is determined to solve her own problem when the men refuse.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Sydney is haunted by a number of distorted, scary, and injured-looking ghosts. Violence -- occurring in visions, memories, and real time -- includes an assault in a coffee shop, a car that hits a woman, a car that hits a gas truck (big explosion), a fire in a factory that leaves workers trapped and screaming, suicides (falling out a window, hanging), smashing windows with arms (one left bloody), and a creepy "Shadowman" who escorts souls to death (he looks mean and roars at Sydney). Montages are especially aggressive, with slamming images of harrowing situations (fires, agonies, bleeding eyes); tense scenes show Sydney walking through shadowy hallways, pursued by creatures/ghosts or unable to see clearly.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Sydney appears nude (from the shoulders up) in the shower through a blurry glass door, with an arm covering her breasts. She wears a cleavage-revealing gown at film's end.

  • language false0

    Language: One use each of "hell" and "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Starbucks coffee.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Sydney drinks sherry the night before her surgery.