Life 2.0 Reviews

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John Gholson
Cinematical
February 10, 2012
Life 2.0 cuts deep into its subject of with laser precision, getting right to the emotional heart of the matter, exploring a problem no one had to deal with even ten years ago, in a fascinating and very human way.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
May 19, 2011
"Life 2.0" would have been more interesting and original if it, like its subjects, had dwelled more in the virtual world, and if it had told us more about that world's mechanics and folkways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 17, 2011
At once a disturbing vision of escape, a cautious portrait of liberation, and an exploration of authenticity and artificiality, it's a documentary that trades not in absolutes but unsettling ambiguity.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 16, 2011
[Spingarn-Koff] films computer screens with no borders, as if putting viewers into the graphic creations, while he listens to his obsessives describe the function and emotional power of their created personae.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 6, 2010
A disturbing but nonjudgmental study of online addiction and the lure of manufactured identities.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 6, 2010
An honest, fair and quite voyeuristic look into avatars and the real-life humans who control them in Second Life.
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
May 12, 2010
As Life 2.0 reveals layers of life and experience, you realize that they are not confined to Second Life. These interview subjects describe their experiences, in both Second Life and what they call First Life, that is, Real Life.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 21, 2010
Not so much a documentary of an Internet phenomenon as a deconstruction of 21st-century culture, Jason Spingarn-Koff's unsettling film explores the online game Second Life, in which players create avatars to live in a virtual world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2011
For a moment you wonder, or hope, that this will be a film entirely shot in Second Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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