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Life Reviews

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March 24, 2017
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick... fall short in creating realistic dialogue, scenarios, and frankly do a lazy job of trying to zero in on themes they want to focus on... They fail to add something fresh to what I see is an Alien knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 23, 2017
From a purely technical perspective, Life hits the market standard for impressive effects work across the board. However, its narrative can't keep pace.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 29, 2017
The lazy choice of villain and the throwaway story it occupies serve as reminders that big-budget movies, even given every opportunity to be great, often aren't very good at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2017
When compared to the cast of Alien, the ISS team isn't well-textured, developed, or likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 18, 2017
[A] don't-call-it-"Alien" alien movie that is long on ambition, but short on logic that repeatedly picks and tears at the story's flow and distracts from the better aspects of production design and sound.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 24, 2017
Horror fans won't be scared and sci-fi fans will find it insultingly simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 23, 2017
We fully expect you to have a couple of jumps, followed by a mild case of anxiety, but not enough to justify the cast or budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 30, 2017
A subpar creature feature with delusions of grandeur and a cheat of a twist ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 23, 2017
In a better movie, we would not only care more about these six people, but they would also be worthy adversaries against their alien attacker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 27, 2017
An entertaining film, but neither does it inject too much to life, despite the multistelar cast that participates in it. [Full review in Spanish]
March 24, 2017
Life is bogged down by an unduly verbose narrative and an overload of technical jargon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 3, 2017
Unfortunately, the story seems an imitation of Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) and The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982), where crew members are chased by a terrible and indestructible alien monster. [Full review in Spanish]
March 23, 2017
There's nothing even remotely inventive at play here.
March 30, 2017
Narratively taut and economic in its structure, the film makes an argument that the chilly stinger of an ending might make the rest worth it, but nothing can erase in full the resounding feeling of "been there, done that" that the film radiates.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2017
The truth is that Life is an Alien knock-off and a carbon copy of every retro sci-fi film ever made about the dangers of life in space.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2017
It's absolutely confounding that this movie is so, so very boring.
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March 23, 2017
"The film is a saddening bore," David Bowie sang in "Life on Mars," a tune from a far more optimistic era. It ain't quite as bad as that, but it ain't much.
March 28, 2017
Intelligent life on Mars, perhaps, but none in this by-the-numbers sci-fi horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2017
Despite some promising elements, Life amounts to a middling (and derivative) sci-fi horror/thriller that never fully realizes its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 19, 2017
Daniel Espinosa's Life is little more than a lazily-written creature feature that fails to elicit thrills thanks to its characters of low intelligence and the laughable design of its CGI antagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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