• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Isabel Coixet
    In Theaters:
    Sep 26, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 24, 2004
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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My Life Without Me Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Depressingly unmoving, thanks to unaffecting performances and a story that holds no surprises.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ann ... would be a cruel egocentric if she weren't so obviously just a fictional pawn.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A movie about terminal illness that even the Lifetime Television Network might reject.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 24, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

A shameless, rather dull disease-of- the-week weeper.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The performances are determinedly low-key, and Ms. Coixet directs even the most charged scenes in a cool, almost affectless style. But the implicit narcissism of the film's title is embraced without really being examined.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2003
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Intelligent and affecting as the film is, it buckles under the weight of overexplicitness, a tendency to say more than it needs to.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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My Life Without Me is a young person's movie about death, the sort of adolescent daydream in which you imagine your own demise.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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This one-dimensional ennoblement doesn't sit quite right.

October 17, 2003
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

A gigantically amoral cliche of a film.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

April 1, 2007
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com

What is most infuriating about this film is how the audience is expected to see Anne's selfishness as some kind of personal heroism.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C

September 26, 2003
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Coixet doesn't make her lead character compelling, or likable.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 28, 2003
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Plagued by phony poetic moments and self-conscious quirkiness (Maria de Medeiros appears as a braid-wearing hair stylist obsessed with Milli Vanilli...)

| Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Takes place in late fall and early winter, when everything is cold, gray and dying. It's a tough context for a tender story.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2003
Erich Scholz
Citysearch

A strangely grim affair that will stretch the patience of more than a few viewers.

Full Review Source: Citysearch | Original Score: 4/10

November 14, 2003
Michael Miller
Village Voice
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A tearjerker that falters in its attempts at deep thoughts.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 23, 2003
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine

It's a rich idea, but only partly realized in this quiet, intimately shot drama.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 28, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Sarah Polley shoots another movie in the foot with her ice-queen demeanour

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

September 5, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Detached from her part and just going through the motions of the acting, Polley leaves it to a superb supporting cast to [attempt to] carry the film.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

October 2, 2003
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This isn't a poignant drama about courage and imagination -- it's a contrived fantasy about courage and imagination.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 1/4

September 25, 2003
Norm Schrager
Filmcritic.com

insulting and irritating

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2003
Derek Adams
Time Out
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October 11, 2003

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January 15, 2004

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July 21, 2005
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