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Ken Fox
TV Guide
January 1, 2000
Murphy and an uncharacteristically restrained Lawrence are a solid team, and Ted Demme's sympathetic direction allows them to draw as much humor out of the dismal situation as they can.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Ambitious, enjoyable.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
Mostly lifeless because deep down, it's really about other movies.
Matt Diehl
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
A maudlin, unfunny mess!
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Rod Dreher
New York Post
January 1, 2000
This prison dramedy's muddled, episodic script seems to have gone on a hunger strike for humor!
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
A very funny/surprisingly poignant story!
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Lively, packed with colorful characters and spiked with outbursts of outrageous banter!
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
An unexpectedly moving surprise!
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The writers and Demme should have smoothed out the timeline and sacrificed a few zingers in order to make a deeper, better movie about hardship and friendship in prison.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
Although it's not as constantly and/or outrageously funny as one would expect, the film is certainly easy to sit through and has enough laughs and otherwise entertaining moments.
Steven Boone
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
Hilarious!
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
The bickering of the two leads is funny in a loose, maybe improvisational way.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
What's most effective about Life is the skillful way in which it blends poignancy into its broad tale.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
How could these two guys NOT be funny? See the movie and find out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
Has a tendency to be marginally entertaining one minute, and then brain-numbingly dull and misguided the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
The well-matched pair make the most of what the makers of Life give them, but what the material they are given isn't nearly as inspired as they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000
has no real sense of period style, throwing in scores of distracting anachronisms in both attitudes and dialogue...
Kate Manning
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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