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Life of Pi Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 21, 2016
'Life of Pi' is a sort of mash-up of 'We Bought a Zoo,' 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' and 'Castaway.' It's an enchanting coming-of-age story, and an oceanic vision quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
June 10, 2016
Gerard Depardieu gets the most oversold star billing since Marlon Brando was Superman's absentee father. Depardieu looms over less than a minute of screen time. Not that we miss him when he's gone; we just wonder why he was there in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 of 5
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
This is a gorgeous film (in 3D) as Lee, adapting the Yann Martel book, pushes the tale beyond the realm of teen adventure into existential parable.
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 15, 2016
[Director] Ang Lee's strongest work to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Family Home Theater
March 29, 2016
"Life of Pi" isn't just a visual effects movie stuck at sea. There's a compelling story here as well.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 27, 2015
...an underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
You'll wish you could watch it with the sound turned off.
Ray Pride
Newcity
October 29, 2014
The ferocious swells and intent visual beauty Lee has brought to Yann Martel's best-selling seeking-of-the-spiritual yarn quickly evokes a second thought: "Kitty, kitty, kitty, nice kitty, here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty."
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 27, 2013
Among movies that are intended to be spiritually insightful, this is one of the most hollow and disappointing that I've seen, a surface-level rendering of platitudinous feel-good hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
This movie is to be seen and experienced. It is not to be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 28, 2013
Teenage acting newcomer Suraj Sharma, discovered through a casting call in India, gives Pi an earnestness and toughness that ground this elaborate story.
| Original Score: 4/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013
The power of Life of Pi sneaks up on you, rather like the raw sadness of Lee's best-known previous prestige pic, Brokeback Mountain.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Some of the most gorgeous 3D images this side of 'Avatar.'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 30, 2013
Everywhere you look there are images of beguiling beauty: a mirror-like sea reflecting golden clouds; a sudden swarm of flying fish; an island bristling with meerkats; and a breaching whale glowing with bioluminescence as it leaps out of the water.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 23, 2013
Ang Lee's Life of Pi is a visual masterpiece, often transcending the boundaries of special effects and what they're capable of, but the film's actual story is hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
The search for religion takes a back seat to the spectacular visual splendor of a boy floating alone on the ocean with a vicious tiger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 24, 2013
Endorses the notion of blind faith, and denial as a positive character trait.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
February 3, 2013
Mystical and endless as the number pi, 'The Life of Pi' works on a number of levels, all of them enchanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2013
Takes some time to find its flow. The CGI-tiger is the greatest marvel here-the intensity of its stare alone makes it the truest fiction of all. Religious platitudes remain fairly pat; the final allegory's overstated.
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