Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)



Critic Consensus: Eyes of Laura Mars hints at interesting possibilities, but they're frittered away by a predictable story that settles for superficial thrills.

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Eyes of Laura Mars has an intriguing premise -- which, alas, is abandoned halfway through in favor of gratuitous violence. The title character, played by Faye Dunaway, is a high-priced fashion photographer, specializing in gory "murder" layouts. When Laura is plagued by visions of genuine murders, she at first dismisses this as a by-product of her kinky specialty. And then she begins telepathically witnessing the bloody killings of her friends and co-workers, as seen through the eyes of the actual killer. Anyone who can't guess who the murderer is within five minutes deserves to be drummed out of the theatre in disgrace. Tommy Lee Jones does what he can with an underdeveloped role, while Rene Auberjonois steals the film as a belligerently flamboyant homosexual. Watch for talk-show host Bill Boggs and future LA Law star Michael Tucker in minor roles.

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Faye Dunaway
as Laura Mars
Tommy Lee Jones
as John Neville
Brad Dourif
as Tommy Ludlow
Rene Auberjonois
as Donald Phelps
Raul Julia
as Michael Reisler
Frank Adonis
as Sal Volpe
Lisa Taylor
as Michele
Rose Gregorio
as Elaine Cassell
Bill Boggs
as Himself
Meg Mundy
as Doris Spenser
Marilyn Meyers
as Sheila Weissman
Gary Bayer
as Reporter
Jeff Niki
as Photo Assistant
Toshi Matsuo
as Photo Assistant
Paula Lawrence
as Aunt Caroline
Joey R. Mills
as Makeup Person
John Sahag
as Hairdresser
Hector Troy
as Cab Driver
Patty Oja
as Model
Kari Page
as Model
Allen Joseph
as Policeman
Gerald M. Kline
as Policeman
Sal Richards
as Policeman
Tom Degidon
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Eyes of Laura Mars

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

Irvin Kerschner's stylish 1978 paranormal thriller has a premise ahead of its time.

November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

... you find yourself chewing over "Laura Mars" after the lights come up. Unfortunately, it's the kind of chew that leaves your jaw feeling tired and your mouth tasting sour.

October 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Especially well handled are the screen realizations of Dunaway's premonitions. They look like a blurred videotape, as she explains to Jones at one point, a conception which works well on screen.

May 27, 2008 | Full Review…

A shallow, chic confusion of eyes, camera lenses, and saleable images of violence of the sort it now purports to question as an 'issue'.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In any case, high-minded artistic fluttering - the kind Diane Keaton attempts in "Interiors" - comes so naturally to Miss Dunaway that Tommy Lee Jones, as a down-to-earth, soothing cop, is not just a good foil but an indispensable one.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Vogueish tripe.

April 19, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Eyes of Laura Mars

One of the great American giallos, Eyes of Laura Mars is an unsung little thriller masterpiece. Very little gore and violence is actually seen taking place, but the score makes it a hell of a lot more thrilling than violent content could. I can't believe I've gone all of these years without seeing this gem. I don't want to brag and say I knew who the killer was right from the beginning, but I kind of did. I just knew there was something very off-kilter about a certain character (those who have seen it will know who I mean). Very Argento-esque, it reminded me a lot of Opera and Suspiria. A truly underrated classic of the genre, to be sure.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


So, I got to see this movie again yesterday. It's very interesting how Laura has psychic powers, yet doesn't know who the killer is till the end, but then the ending is cliche. Overall, it's pretty good, but it could be better.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A great film but I was sad at the end when Tommy Lee Jones (John Neville) was the killer. Worth a watch & a classic 70s film :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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