At first i was skeptical about buying this movie, I'd heard that critics reviews weren't exactly praising it, rather scathing actually. But I gave in because I thought it might be a little Like Hitchcock's 'Vertigo.' I was surprised by the artsy flavor of the film, the director chose to utilize a lot of evocative, convincing, and more than slightly interesting camera angles in the telling of this story. While the plot came across as rather convoluted, and hard to figure out if there was any underlying meaning. Eye of the Beholder presents the viewer with so much information--and in such an unusual way--that long after the credits have rolled and the movie screen is black, your mind is still chewing on the delightfully, tightly knotted, and tangled premise behind the content. While i wasn't always sure where the director was trying to lead me with this story, i kept on watch (if only for the fact that the cinematography was unique had a definite Hitchcock flavor)--yes that's right there are a few shots of peoples feet walking around in this film. visually I felt like this film was a masterpiece. The actors gave good performances; even though, Ewan McGregor's was a little lackluster through most of the film; he did his best at the very end, in the scene where he rolls down a snowbank coughing like a smashed bat. if it weren't for Ashley Judd's convincing portrayal of a scheming, icy, seductress, with a subtle vulnerability, who rejects McGregor's help, then the movie's main character would have fallen flat. There is an obvious reference to Vertigo, easily noticeable, especially in the scene where the director deliberately focuses on certain San Francisco landmarks that Hitchcock used in his film. Also they added a neat little toast to the Vertigo ripoff, 'Obsession' by giving a character part to the lead actress from that film. If you don't enjoy this movie's strange story, and are driven to commit murder by the nonsensically overblown musical score--which leaves much to be desired--then you can at least revel in the Hitchcockian style, and loose yourself in the immaculate visual style of this film.