The Book of Life (1998)

The Book of Life (1998)




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Hal Hartley directed this French comedy about the Second Coming of Christ. While a gambler and a waitress talk with Satan in a hotel bar, Jesus arrives at JFK airport with Magdalena. Jesus has been sent down to end the world by breaking the Seven Seals on a computer disk.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Martin Donovan
as Jesus Christ
P.J. Harvey
as Magdalena
David Simonds
as Guy in Bar
Yo La Tengo
as Salvation Army Band
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Critic Reviews for The Book of Life

All Critics (9)

Anything touched by PJ Harvey is bound to be worth the trouble; even better, Hartley has made one of his better, least grating films.

August 29, 2004
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Jesus-who's-come-again asks Himself soul-searching questions in what might've been called The Lack of Passion of the Christ.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004
Mixed Reviews

Hartley always underplays things, even when the world's about to end.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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July 5, 2005

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Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Book of Life

Between a 7/10 and 8/10, full of smart and subtle sight gags and clever wordplay, "The Book of Life" is nothing less than a thinking person's prep for the new millennium.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

The Book of Life has promise but it doesn't have the full punch of Hartley's other work. An interesting existential film nonetheless.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Not the best of Hal Hartley. Some dialog was brilliant but overall the movie didn't work for me - it was rather boring and not really that funny.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

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