Life Reviews

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
Dig, if you will, the pictures, but you don't need "Life" as a stargazing aid.
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
It ends up demystifying Dean, perhaps by accident but no less regrettably.
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.
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 24, 2015
Life is a paean to the lost days when matine idols were preserved in luminous black and white, in magazine spreads that allowed photojournalists to indulge in deep coverage for months.
September 10, 2015
Basically there isn't much of a story here.
September 10, 2015
As Life proceeds the pace picks up and by the third act, it is a compelling dramatisation of an artistically fascinating alliance.
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.
Top Critic
February 9, 2015
"Life" identifies the key contradiction in Dean's star persona: A shy, genuinely gifted nonconformist, he was eventually (and posthumously) styled, marketed and managed to appear as untamed and undoctored an individual as possible.
February 9, 2015
There are some pleasing touches, but this film is a frustrating experience.