Reviews

Mar 22, 2019
A boy, and a tiger, and a vast, endless ocean. Ang Lee makes a film out of material that seems almost unfilmable, and a lot of it is quite wondrous.
Sep 4, 2018
While you are bathing in all the beauty, you are waiting and waiting and waiting for this film to say something, yet when it finally does... it all just feels empty somehow.
Jul 31, 2018
Lee shows his hero's imperilled position as a mixed blessing. By tottering on the ledge of his mortality, Pi gains a front-row seat on the miracles of creation... All this is, in a word, Awesome.
Jun 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.
Jan 8, 2013
When adrift with Pi and the tiger on the open sea, the film is at its most wondrous: a ravishing spectacle that treads judiciously on the infinite line between what's possible and impossible.
Dec 21, 2012
Lee is a wizard, Life of Pi is an incredible spectacle and the technical effects are brilliant.
Dec 21, 2012
Life of Pi is chiefly to be recommended for the punch of its core story. Never mind the cod-philosophical breadth - feel the impressive emotional depth.
Dec 20, 2012
Despite some lovely images and those eyepopping effects, it is a shallow and self-important shaggy-dog story - or shaggy-tiger story - and I am bemused by the saucer-eyed critical responses it's been getting.
Dec 20, 2012
Is Lee's film a fable? Is it an adventure? No, it's a super-movie.
Dec 20, 2012
Yes, this is fantasy cinema. One man, alone with his wonderment, suspended between sky and sea.
Dec 17, 2012
To produce a coherent film from Martel's tricky novel would be achievement enough, but Ang Lee has extracted something beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous.
Dec 13, 2012
There's less than meets the eye in Lee's ultimately unsatisfying fable.
Dec 11, 2012
Flawed, yes, but marvellously ambitious, and unforgettably gorgeous to look at.
Nov 26, 2012
Didn't convince me to believe in God, but it did make me believe in the power of cinema.
Nov 22, 2012
Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.
Nov 22, 2012
Most admirably, Life of Pi resists turning its remarkably realistic, digitally created feline into a friend or pet.
Nov 21, 2012
There's an audience out there for this movie, but the question is whether they will find it.
Nov 21, 2012
The movie's energy peters out in a series of book-club conversations about divine will, the power of storytelling, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Nov 21, 2012
A movie that can't be dismissed because there is too much in it but can't be embraced because it's all spread too thin.
Nov 21, 2012
This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best.