• Obviously, based on user comments here, people LOVE this movie, and there is indeed much to admire. It's got haunting, beautiful visuals and a creepy fun house score by the terrific Maurice Jarre. It flirts with themes such as father/daughter guilt and doctor/God complex, but I guess ultimately my problem with the movie is that it only flirts with these themes; it doesn't fully flesh them out. The film has become eerily prescient in today's social climate in which everyone is in search of physical perfection--and will do nearly anything to obtain it--but it doesn't really explore this idea and come up with any conclusions about it. The whole film seems like set up for a finale intended to shock with its starkness and brutality, but it comes off instead as merely heavy handed. Not a bad movie by any means, just not a great one either.

    Grade: B-