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Life Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
A lot of laughs!
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
The movie doesn't care much about realism, depicting the rigors of prison-farm life about as convincingly as Life Is Beautiful portrays a Nazi death camp. But it makes up in energy what it lacks in authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Funny, sad, conventional, unpredictable -- just like the real thing!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
We have been treated to something we normally would never get in a prison comedy like this: a little delicacy with the humor.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
Lawrence's best movie and one of Murphy's best!
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
Murphy and an uncharacteristically restrained Lawrence are a solid team, and Ted Demme's sympathetic direction allows them to draw as much humor out of the dismal situation as they can.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Ambitious, enjoyable.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
A very funny/surprisingly poignant story!
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Lively, packed with colorful characters and spiked with outbursts of outrageous banter!
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
An unexpectedly moving surprise!
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Although it's not as constantly and/or outrageously funny as one would expect, the film is certainly easy to sit through and has enough laughs and otherwise entertaining moments.
Steven Boone
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
Hilarious!
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
The bickering of the two leads is funny in a loose, maybe improvisational way.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
What's most effective about Life is the skillful way in which it blends poignancy into its broad tale.
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
Life is a frustrating experience, because every time it appears close to making a connection to its characters it falls back on a lame joke to reassure the viewers that they're still watching a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lawrence and Murphy make an entertaining team!
Kate Manning
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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