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Life of Pi Reviews

David Thomson
The New Republic
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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 Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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Flawed, yes, but marvellously ambitious, and unforgettably gorgeous to look at.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

December 11, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 22, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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There's an audience out there for this movie, but the question is whether they will find it.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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The movie's energy peters out in a series of book-club conversations about divine will, the power of storytelling, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 21, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A movie that can't be dismissed because there is too much in it but can't be embraced because it's all spread too thin.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2012
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

November 21, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Claudio Miranda's luminous camera, set to Mychael Danna's intoxicating score, captures all manner of wild delights.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 21, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Don't wait for Netflix. Life of Pi demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 21, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Shelve your dislike of 3D glasses. Quiet your nattering criticism of CGI. Because Lee and his able crew wield those tools like wands.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

November 21, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 21, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Like that other "unfilmable" novel, Cloud Atlas, it has, of course, been turned into a movie -- with rather happier results.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

November 21, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Ang Lee's signature style -- tasteful, measured, and devoid of personality -- translates surprisingly well to 3-D.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 21, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Every once in a long while, the right director comes across the right project at just the right moment, and things so often discordant fall into perfect harmony.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 4/4

November 21, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Pi's story makes you believe why Pi would believe in God, sacrificer of innocents, tester of souls, creator of rapturous beauty.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Pi" is a wonder to see; too bad it's not wondrous to feel.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

November 21, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Life of Pi," even more so on the screen, is a dream to help us keep the nightmares at bay.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Though the film's setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, and few would dive into the story's soul as Lee does.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"Life of Pi" both draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, wonder and cinematic virtuosity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate their new TV monitors.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 21, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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One of the most remarkable films in recent years.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 21, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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If the story, based on the popular novel by Yann Martel, can't quite keep pace with the look of the film (and, alas, it can't) it will take you awhile to notice.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee's most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 20, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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With Life of Pi, Lee takes on a not-so-crouching tiger to bring audiences a wondrously enthralling adventure fable.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 20, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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If the religious discussions in David Magee's script occasionally seem contrived, they're also quite sincere.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 20, 2012
Bob Mondello
NPR
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An adventure yarn that is gloriously old-fashioned - and often just glorious.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 20, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The movie works on a bedrock level that many ostensible action films forget.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"Life of Pi" is an absolutely gorgeous movie, aglow with color and filled with wraparound 3-D effects.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 20, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Life of Pi" is as enchanting as it is ambitious.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 20, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2012
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Life of Pi manages occasional spiritual wonder through its 3-D visuals but otherwise sinks like a stone.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 20, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Life of Pi, Yann Martel's beautiful little book about a young man and the sea and a tiger, has transformed into a big, imposing and often lovely 3-D experience.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 20, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Life of Pi puts 3D in the hands of a worldclass film artist. Ang Lee uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a poet. You don't just watch this movie, you live it.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 20, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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However wishy-washy the story's theology may sometimes be, Lee's mastery of imagery is superb, as he effortlessly shows off what technology means in the hands of a true artist.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 20, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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The film, at its best, celebrates the idiosyncratic wonders and dangers of raw, ravaging nature.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 20, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Ang Lee's thrillingly audacious film transforms this inconceivable premise into visual poetry, high adventure and sheer enchantment.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 20, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Magical realism was rarely so magical and never before so real.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 20, 2012
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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With "Life of Pi," Lee outdoes himself visually, without a doubt setting a new standard for 3-D, a technology Hollywood has mostly abused with crass recklessness.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 19, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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... the movie handles an alternate version of the story, and its ramifications, in an almost shockingly perfunctory manner. Which I think, in the end, compromises what the story wants to convey.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 19, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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I felt like I'd been invited to a seven-course dinner, and all seven turned out to be cake - and then the host insisted on delivering a lecture about how cake would bring me closer to God.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 19, 2012
David Germain
Associated Press
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Lee and screenwriter David Magee find rich and clever ways to translate even Pi's stillest moments, the film unfolding through intricate flashbacks, whimsical voice-overs, harrowing sea hazards and exquisite flashes of fantasy and hallucination.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 19, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The film is transcendent.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

November 19, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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There isn't a dull moment in the film, and there are about 300 worthy of a "wow."

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

September 28, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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Melds a harrowing high-seas adventure with a dreamy meditation on the very nature of storytelling.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 28, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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A gorgeous and accomplished rendering of the massive best-seller.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 28, 2012
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