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Life Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 25, 2009
Life is a surprise that not only avoids typical trappings, but throws in a tinge of the bittersweet as well.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
Murphy and Lawrence never quite move beyond shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Não há atuação que resista a um roteiro fraco como o deste filme.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 20, 2001
Face it folks: Eddie Murphy just ain't funny anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: short
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lawrence and Murphy make an entertaining team!
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
Life is a frustrating experience, because every time it appears close to making a connection to its characters it falls back on a lame joke to reassure the viewers that they're still watching a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Life plays more like This Is Your Life for Eddie Murphy, cobbling together elements from his earlier, funnier movies.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
A lot of laughs!
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Life desperately wants to let Murphy and Lawrence be actors, but it can't imagine them as anything more than rowdy showmen.
Guy MacPherson
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Murphy and Lawrence both give substance to roles as innocents sentenced to life in prison for a murder they didn't commit.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
If you're looking for comedy nutrition here, you'll find yourself in stand-up anorexic hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A failed, if somewhat noble experiment for the two foul-mouthed comedians.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
The movie doesn't care much about realism, depicting the rigors of prison-farm life about as convincingly as Life Is Beautiful portrays a Nazi death camp. But it makes up in energy what it lacks in authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Grunden
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone deserve hard time for the tired, plodding shtick they concoct once the duo end up in prison stripes.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
An unimaginative plot and a cast of unbelievably wholesome jailbirds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Formulaic, obvious and very slow!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Funny, sad, conventional, unpredictable -- just like the real thing!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
We have been treated to something we normally would never get in a prison comedy like this: a little delicacy with the humor.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
Lawrence's best movie and one of Murphy's best!
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