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Life of Pi Reviews

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August 15, 2017
Stunning visuals and a bravura performance from newcomer Suraj Sharma as the young protagonist make Life of Pi a quest destined to impress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
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.
April 15, 2016
[Director] Ang Lee's strongest work to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
November 27, 2015 underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2015
You'll wish you could watch it with the sound turned off.
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."
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
June 23, 2013
This movie is to be seen and experienced. It is not to be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
May 13, 2013
Some of the most gorgeous 3D images this side of 'Avatar.'
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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
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
February 24, 2013
Endorses the notion of blind faith, and denial as a positive character trait.
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
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