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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 28, 2011
The prospects, advisability and potential methods of prolonging human life are examined in an engagingly multifaceted manner in How to Live Forever.