Defending Your Life Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Interminable, typical Albert Brooks
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
August 12, 2002
One of Brooks' warmest and wittiest projects. Nice to see such a soft side of Streep.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Hands-down my favorite Brooks (Albert) movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 11, 2001
Witty writing and fine performances by the ensemble cast make Defending Your Life into a total delight.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 19, 2001
...mild, amiable, laid-back ribbing....witty and insightful.
| Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2015
It could have just as easily been set in Dr. Freud's office, with his patient spilling his guts out on the couch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is definitely Brooks's day in court, and he makes comic heaven of it.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
August 18, 2005
An underrated gem that explores the long-term consequences of our everyday actions.
| Original Score: A-
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Nicolas Lacroix
Showbizz.net
November 16, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It just gives us a satisfying idea of what life's really about, while remaining a smart comedy with an edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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