Life Reviews

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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 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.
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
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 4, 2015
Both Pattinson and DeHaan could have used more to do, but both actors put in performances that elevate the proceedings.
December 4, 2015
A moody, leisurely and occasionally frustrating piece of work ...
December 4, 2015
The actors and their exchanges ring true, and by the time the film reaches its lonesome conclusion, the resonances are eerie.
December 3, 2015
I loved Ben Kingsley's over-the-top work as studio head Jack Warner, who in one scene explains the lay of the land to Mr. Dean in a manner that would inspire envy from Don Corleone. This guy isn't messing around.
December 3, 2015
Life misses the mark by perhaps a sixtieth of a second, but that's enough.
December 3, 2015
While the script is sometimes too heavy footed, on the whole Life has an unassuming quality that wears well over the course of its two hours.
October 9, 2015
Beautifully written and directed, this fact-based drama is an odd mixture of excellent acting and not-quite-right casting.
October 1, 2015
An engaging and thoughtful snapshot of Dean's life, enlivened by a pair of superb performances and stunning production design.
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