Life Reviews

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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.
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 27, 2015
Plaudits to Pattinson for once again taking the tougher route, downplaying his own matinee-idol charms for something less attractive but more adventurous.
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 25, 2015
It's a very professional piece of work, but it's terribly hard to love.
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 24, 2015
An interestingly personal picture about that moment when the shutter snaps, and how it changes the nature of any human interaction.
September 16, 2015
Doesn't register emotionally in the way it strives for, but is diverting as a portrait of the nascent celebrity industry, with fine performances from Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.
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.
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.
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