October 9, 2020
A disappointment considering Corbijn's abilities (particularly when compared to his first and best effort, 2007's Control, another portrait of a tragic artist).
May 16, 2019
Anton Corbijn's snapshot of a photographer and his muse is cool and well made. Unfortunately, in comparison to its tremendous cast, Life is underwhelming.
August 23, 2018
The unexpected delight here is Pattinson, who takes the character of Stock and shows every side of him, the unflattering ones included, to the camera.
August 22, 2018
You quickly forget that DeHaan is present, accepting him wholeheartedly as Dean.
June 25, 2018
Underrated-- both the vivid Hollywood history tale itself, and the performances, especially Dane DeHaan as screen icon James Dean.
October 26, 2017
(Dane DeHaan) gives a frankly pretty dreadful performance as iconic actor James Dean. It's mannered, visible (you can definitely see the 'acting' going on) and largely unconvincing.
October 10, 2016
A movie that shows a very important period of American cinema and photography, making us part of the troubles of the search for transcendence. [Full review in Spanish]
June 20, 2016
It could have been crammed with dialogue and incident but, instead, there's lots of silence and understated subtlety.
May 25, 2016
[Corbijn] elicits wonderful performances from DeHaan, Pattinson and also Ben Kingsley, who steals every scene as studio boss Jack Warner.
April 11, 2016
DeHaan captures Dean's essence impressively, while Pattinson delivers his best work since David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis.
February 24, 2016
Life turned out to be as bland as its title.
January 2, 2016
For Dean aficionados, this is a wonderful way to get the backstory on some of the most iconic images we have of the star.
December 11, 2015
As the film's emotional anchor, Stock isn't nearly as fascinating by comparison.
December 11, 2015
It really is the work of Pattinson, and even more so DeHaan, that makes "Life" a success.
December 10, 2015
Pattinson and DeHaan are both strong, portraying real people with a mix of imitation and individuality.
December 5, 2015
Corbijn is great at taking real-life flesh and blood people and alchemically rendering them in striking 2-dimensional images that transcend and mythologize the reality, but "Life" shows him fall some way short of achieving the reverse.
December 4, 2015
Both Pattinson and DeHaan could have used more to do, but both actors put in performances that elevate the proceedings.