The Book of Life (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Book of Life (1998)

The Book of Life (1998)

The Book of Life




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Hal Hartley directed this French comedy about the Second Coming of Christ. While a gambler and a waitress talk with Satan in a hotel bar, Jesus arrives at JFK airport with Magdalena. Jesus has been sent down to end the world by breaking the Seven Seals on a computer disk.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hal Hartley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2000
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Martin Donovan
as Jesus Christ
P.J. Harvey
as Magdalena
David Simonds
as Guy in Bar
Yo La Tengo
as Salvation Army Band
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Critic Reviews for The Book of Life

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Anything touched by PJ Harvey is bound to be worth the trouble; even better, Hartley has made one of his better, least grating films.

August 29, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

Jesus-who's-come-again asks Himself soul-searching questions in what might've been called The Lack of Passion of the Christ.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Book of Life

The Book of Life has promise but it doesn't have the full punch of Hartley's other work. An interesting existential film nonetheless.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Interesting low budget existential drama.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Between a 7/10 and 8/10, full of smart and subtle sight gags and clever wordplay, "The Book of Life" is nothing less than a thinking person's prep for the new millennium.

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