Life Reviews

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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).
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.
February 24, 2016
Life turned out to be as bland as its title.
December 11, 2015
As the film's emotional anchor, Stock isn't nearly as fascinating by comparison.
December 8, 2015
There's not much to go on here.
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
Flat James Dean biopic has swearing, some nudity.
December 3, 2015
Dig, if you will, the pictures, but you don't need "Life" as a stargazing aid.
December 3, 2015
It ends up demystifying Dean, perhaps by accident but no less regrettably.
December 2, 2015
It's odd that Corbijn, a gifted still photographer in his own right, has so little to say about the relationship between shooter and subject, or the impermanence of celebrity.
November 30, 2015
As a portrait of James Dean, Life only manages to capture his soft, stolid side.
September 28, 2015
It is very slow-moving and deliberately uneventful (there's no depiction of the car-racing that led to Dean's death) and self-consciously beautifully photographed, almost more than it is filmed, one might say, throughout.
September 25, 2015
Life is a listless biopic that doesn't even try to capture the neurotic intensity of James Dean as a young actor.
September 24, 2015
If it does not sound like quite enough to sustain an audience's interest, that is because it isn't. But it might have been.
September 24, 2015
A tryingly fey biopic with all the style and substance of cigarette smoke.
September 16, 2015
While convincingly '50s in look and style, and with good work from Pattinson (who we almost wind up liking!) and DeHaan (whose JD isn't quite as much of a narcissistic creep as the real thing), Corbijn's latest still irritates.
September 16, 2015
Pattinson, who has pushed himself into more demanding roles after his own teen idol phase in the Twilight franchise, is the best thing in this flawed, sometimes emotionally shapeless movie.
September 10, 2015
Basically there isn't much of a story here.
September 10, 2015
Ultimately Luke Davies's script, for all its warm observations on the man behind the myth... feels like a footnote to a footnote in our cultural history.
February 9, 2015
Life doesn't deliver on its considerable promise.
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