Life of Pi Reviews

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Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 23, 2013
Ang Lee's Life of Pi is a visual masterpiece, often transcending the boundaries of special effects and what they're capable of, but the film's actual story is hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
January 8, 2013
Life poses as a spiritual experience, but it's more like a postcard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 20, 2012
I thought of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the King of Swamp Castle's determination to build on that sodden earth. It stayed up in the end but it wouldn't take much for it to fall over.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 23, 2012
Maybe Life of Pi isn't entirely unfilmable, but Lee wasn't quite able to conquer it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
The morals of the story don't come through, while the film's extensive metaphors are belatedly rammed down your throat like a get out of jail free card.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Little White Lies
December 13, 2012
There's less than meets the eye in Lee's ultimately unsatisfying fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
November 20, 2012
... I found it to be a heart-breaking experience to see this much good work used in service of a story that is, ultimately, nothing but empty calories, a spiritual shell game.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Alison Willmore
Movieline
November 20, 2012
Lee's movie is a grand gesture of filmmaking pushed to its furthest technical edges, but hemmed in and confined by its fidelity to words on a page.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 20, 2012
Life of Pi manages occasional spiritual wonder through its 3-D visuals but otherwise sinks like a stone.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 27, 2013
Among movies that are intended to be spiritually insightful, this is one of the most hollow and disappointing that I've seen, a surface-level rendering of platitudinous feel-good hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
November 25, 2012
It's got amazing visuals and a handful of really great moments, but ultimately it just doesn't hold together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 29, 2012
A manipulative faith-based tall tale intimating the question, can the bells and whistles of a Hollywood movie make you believe in God? Time to put out a call for the separation of Church and Hollywood. The Verdict: Richard Parker, you're no Moby Dick.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 24, 2013
Endorses the notion of blind faith, and denial as a positive character trait.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
November 20, 2012
It is a story for which its elements are remarkably defined, underlined, and presented as lesson for you to learn. It features such striking imagery and yet it tells so much more than it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Matt Pais
RedEye
November 20, 2012
Ultimately becomes a heavy story that's deceptively shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
November 21, 2012
The only way to truly enjoy Life of Pi is by bringing a pumpkin pie with you to the movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 20, 2012
The movie invites you to believe in all kinds of marvelous things, but it also may cause you to doubt what you see with your own eyes - or even to wonder if, in the end, you have seen anything at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2012
"Pi" is a wonder to see; too bad it's not wondrous to feel.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
You'll wish you could watch it with the sound turned off.
Kurt Loder
Reason Online
November 21, 2012
More than just a rip-roaring boy's adventure. Much more, unfortunately.
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