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Life of Pi (2012)



Critic Consensus: A 3D adaptation of a supposedly "unfilmable" book, Ang Lee's Life of Pi achieves the near impossible -- it's an astonishing technical achievement that's also emotionally rewarding.

Movie Info

Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor...a fearsome Bengal tiger. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG (for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: David Magee, Yann Martel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2013
Box Office: $103.5M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Suraj Sharma
as Piscine Militor Pate...
Irrfan Khan
as Piscine Militor Pate...
as Gita Patel
Adil Hussain
as Santosh Patel
Ayush Tandon
as Piscine Militor Pate...
Rafe Spall
as Writer
Irfan Khan
as Piscine Militor Pate...
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Critic Reviews for Life of Pi

All Critics (230) | Top Critics (48)

Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

[Director] Ang Lee's strongest work to date.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

"Life of Pi" isn't just a visual effects movie stuck at sea. There's a compelling story here as well.

Full Review… | March 29, 2016
Family Home Theater underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.

Full Review… | November 27, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

You'll wish you could watch it with the sound turned off.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

The ferocious swells and intent visual beauty Lee has brought to Yann Martel's best-selling seeking-of-the-spiritual yarn quickly evokes a second thought: "Kitty, kitty, kitty, nice kitty, here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty."

Full Review… | October 29, 2014

Audience Reviews for Life of Pi

Beautiful... Just beautiful. Ang Lee brings to life one of my favorite books and does it with such passion and determination. This adaptation, thought to be "unfilmable", achieves wonders in 3D and visual effects, as well as emotional story telling and great time first performance by Suraj Sharma.

zach l.
zach letts

Super Reviewer


Honestly, I read the book long ago before I watch this movie and when I heard that 'Life of Pi' will be made into a movie my question were : how can a boring book turned into a movie that will drawn the audiences' attention? But after I heard a lot of positive reviews on this movie, I was tempted to watch this movie.. And after I spent almost 2 hours watching this movie, I must gave a big two thumbs up to Ang Lee for making a beautiful visualization of this novel.. Suraj Sharma also make a great and quite impressive performance for his Hollywood debut performance as Pi Patel.. Overall, the Oscars that this movie got shows us how great the quality of this movie had..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

An incredibly captivating story of the titular character, Pi, that ingeniously thrusts audiences so closely with the main message of the movie. I don't think any movie has questioned and talked to me in such a direct but powerful way like "Life of Pi" did.

At the heart of it, "Life of Pi" is a drama/survival flick. With a movie so grounded thematically, people quickly assume that this is an art-house film. I respond with a resounding no. "Life of Pi" is crafted with such cohesion; everything to the plot, actors, script, and cinematography mesh together to bring an entertaining but thoughtful piece of art. Let me tell you, the visuals are absolutely gorgeous. I still think best cinematography should've went to "Skyfall", but that doesn't make "Life of Pi" an ugly one though; the art direction and the colors truly pop off the screen here.

"Life of Pi" is, in my opinion, what should've taken the cake for best picture. Yeah, I enjoyed "Django Unchained" and "Skyfall" more, but as a whole, "Life of Pi" covers all the bases of what makes a real solid film.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Life of Pi Quotes

Piscine Militor Patel - Adult: Doubt is useful. It keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it has been tested.
– Submitted by Spencer P (9 months ago)
Adult Pi Patel: I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
– Submitted by Adam O (2 years ago)
Adult Pi Patel: So which story do you prefer?
Writer: The one with the tiger. That's the better story.
Adult Pi Patel: Thank you. And so it goes with God.
Writer: It's an amazing story.
– Submitted by Adam O (2 years ago)
Pi Patel: I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)

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