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Metascore

Based on 21 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Los Angeles Times
An exceptionally touching and provocative love story. [15 January 1999, Calendar, p. F-4]
63
ReelViews
Offers solid entertainment, it's too uneven to be considered memorable.
50
Chicago Reader
Val Kilmer, clearly pleased to be entering the Oscar disability sweepstakes, does what he can as the hunk who learns how to see.
50
Christian Science Monitor
The movie takes fascinating material and transforms it into a routine soap opera.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
Its moments of fascination and its good performances are mired in the morass of romance and melodrama that surrounds it.
50
It's a movie drenched in narcissism and wish-fulfillment, almost a textbook on how to make a formulaic, romantic film.
50
A love boat afloat on the vast cinematic ocean that sloshes back and forth between the stinko and the fabulous.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Here's a romance without a spark of excitement.
30
L.A. Weekly
Even when the film does strike some genuinely heart-tugging notes, they’re invariably shattered by such ham-fisted lines as “You really are blind.” At times, it’s enough to make you wish you were deaf.
30
Director Irwin Winkler and his cast obviously hope to shed light on the boundaries of love, and instead come up with a walloping case of the preachies.

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