How to Live Forever Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 18, 2011
A cheerfully rambling documentary that's much more thought-provoking than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
August 17, 2011
An expert documentary, a responsible yet lighthearted film about the absurd things that folks do in the face of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 31, 2011
A hodgepodge of talking-head vignettes including authorities on aging and daft, wrinkly nursing-home residents whose dotage doesn't seem enviable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 29, 2011
I don't know "How to Live Forever," but I can say you're better off not wasting the time you have watching the documentary with that title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
July 29, 2011
A moderately ingratiating, none too probing and largely predictable essay on the way people fear and embrace their senior years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 7, 2011
Wexler gets tired of his own movie near the end of it. The viewer will get tired in 15 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 23, 2011
Wexler, whose father is the brilliant cinematographer Haskell Wexler - still filming movies at 89 - wisely focuses on the personalities as well as the anomalies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2011
If someone could give you a pill that allowed you to live for 500 years, would you take it?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
May 21, 2011
The doc's presentation of its information-overload is scattershot and prosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 19, 2011
A wry, hopeful yet enigma-appreciating documentary about the perils and possibilities that come with growing old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
May 13, 2011
This documentary on longevity is more jaunty than illuminating.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
May 12, 2011
It may sag a bit in places, but Mr. Wexler's film about aging and what it means to grow old is remarkably spry and lighthearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 12, 2011
Wexler breaks the cardinal rule of first-person documentaries: Don't make yourself the subject unless you're worth paying attention to.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 11, 2011
The film's primary message is of a painfully obvious sort.
Jennifer Merin
About.com
May 10, 2011
Serving as a portal to personal reflection about aging and death, How To Life Forever is a highly relevant documentary with wide appeal. Read my full review.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
May 10, 2011
Scenes of nonagenarians dispensing trite nuggets of wisdom are no substitute for an insightful exploration of life, death and everything in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2011
A frisky, inquisitive film about aging and a lively film about death all in one.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 9, 2011
An entertaining and thought-provoking documentary that offers a global examination of longevity, centenarians, and the growing market for anti-aging products.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 9, 2011
We all know life is a crapshoot, but we want to hedge our bets. You could get a few good tips from watching this joyous celebration of the precious seconds we spend on the planet.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 9, 2011
Amusing and eye-opening...makes you think, even as it has you chuckling.
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