Defending Your Life - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Defending Your Life Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
March 1, 2016
Priceless comedy with a message-rich heart, mild swearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 16, 2015
It could have just as easily been set in Dr. Freud's office, with his patient spilling his guts out on the couch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
June 12, 2006
Though visually impressive, the film shows problems with tonality, which veers from outright comedy to earnest therapy session--the "seize the day" lesson is not strong enough for a full-length picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Clark
August 18, 2005
An underrated gem that explores the long-term consequences of our everyday actions.
| Original Score: A-
Widgett Walls
May 18, 2003
A sweet, mildly profound romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It just gives us a satisfying idea of what life's really about, while remaining a smart comedy with an edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Interminable, typical Albert Brooks
| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
August 12, 2002
One of Brooks' warmest and wittiest projects. Nice to see such a soft side of Streep.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
This is a comedy that has something on its mind.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 19, 2001
...mild, amiable, laid-back ribbing....witty and insightful.
| Original Score: 7/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 11, 2001
Witty writing and fine performances by the ensemble cast make Defending Your Life into a total delight.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is definitely Brooks's day in court, and he makes comic heaven of it.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
With Defending Your Life, Brooks has made his best, most fully realized film, a hysterical look at the afterlife.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Hands-down my favorite Brooks (Albert) movie.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
One of the funniest and most clever comedies that I've seen released this decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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