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Life Reviews

March 27, 2017
The movie reduces its fear factor to simple suspense that's not insignificant but is pretty insubstantial.
March 25, 2017
Those who have seen Alien will have a pretty good idea what's coming, at least to a point. Once things reach that point, however, all bets are off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2017
Here is a story that knows how to put the nihilism in the vast nothingness of space. If you're into that sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2017
Life has cool effects, real suspense and a sweet twist. It ain't rocket science, but it does what it does well -- even, one might say, with a kind of genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2017
It's Alien for short attention spans, Arrival for non-pacifists, with some remnant of ambition toward something headier. On that count, it falls short, but as a final-girl structured horror film, it has plenty of imaginative moments.
March 24, 2017
Life... a taut, suspenseful thriller that's more enjoyable the less you think about it.
March 24, 2017
If you're looking for a competent Alien knock-off or just a way to kill a couple hours, you could do far worse.
Top Critic
March 24, 2017
We, too, are just collections of cells, and Espinosa plays our nervous system like a flamenco guitar in concert with head-pounding drums and nauseous trombones.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 24, 2017
Life is pretty lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 24, 2017
For all its flashy trappings, weighty ruminations and zero-gravity floatings aboard the International Space Station, Life turns out to be another variant of Alien, though without the grungy horror and grim fun.
March 24, 2017
No one need celebrate "Life" too loudly, but it goes about its grubby business with a bracing clarity and ruthlessness. In that way, this sci-fi thriller is well-matched with its rampaging extra-terrestrial.
March 24, 2017
Life struck me as several cuts above 'meh' but never made me jump out of my seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2017
Neither Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal nor a creepy-crawly monster can save this Alien ripoff. There's no life in Life, just leftovers.
March 24, 2017
Director Daniel Espinosa whips up some nail-biting sequences. But the suspense is all by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2017
A so-so space-station suspenser with heavy actors and a zero-gravity script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2017
Espinosa thinks he's making "Gravity," not a SyFy movie with an unusually good cast. In space, no one can hear you sigh with resignation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 24, 2017
It is undeniably satisfying to be in the hands of a persuasive director who, along with editors Frances Parker and Mary Jo Markey, knows how to slowly ratchet up the tension to a properly unnerving level.
March 23, 2017
Once the alien lifeform strengthens and gets loose, Life surrenders to a tiresome chase away from not just its ravenous creature but from the movies Life so obviously takes it cues from.
March 23, 2017
If your craving for monsters from Mars needs immediate attention, Life passes the time painlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2017
You really wish characters weren't saddled with dialogue such as, "It's so cold!" when we can see their breath as they shiver, and, "Calvin's trying to find a way through the airlocks!" as Calvin tries to find his way through the airlocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2017
The movie isn't, to paraphrase a line from "Spaceballs," the stupidest combination you've ever heard. But it's not very good, either.
March 23, 2017
For all its CGI showiness, the fact that Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal signed on for this splatterfest is the film's most impressive feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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 23, 2017
Part of the problem is that, in trying to convey the chaos of abject fear, Espinosa makes it hard to figure out the architecture of the ship, so we don't know where anyone's running.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 23, 2017
If you lower your sights a few pegs and go in looking for a solid, tight B-movie that builds right until the final shot, there's a lot to like.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 23, 2017
Never reaches greatness, but it's solidly good, from its earned scares to a spot-on ending. (Don't let anyone ruin it for you.) Its tight spaces and layered audio will work best on the big screen; see it with someone whose wrist you can grab.
March 23, 2017
Life is the latest sci-fi adventure to imagine humankind's first contact with an otherworldly life form, and it's a darkly atmospheric and pulse-racing ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2017
Hey, "Life." 1979 called. It wants its alien-invasion movie back...But taken on its own terms, "Life" has enough taut moments - especially in its first half - to make it tensely diverting, though not particularly memorable in the long run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2017
A movie in which half of what happens is unexplained, and what questions are answered don't make much sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2017
"Life" is like watching a "Rocky" movie, if Mr. T just kept beating Sylvester Stallone up a little more with each fight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 23, 2017
In space, everyone can hear you yawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2017
A grim and fairly effective cross between The Martian and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2017
It's far from perfect, but Life's worth living for two freaky hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
March 23, 2017
Life is a B movie on an A budget, an old-fashioned creature feature that delivers its cheap thrills expensively.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 23, 2017
Claustrophobia, paranoia, loneliness, fear of a hostile takeover by anyone or anything. Whatever your anxiety, Daniel Espinosa's polished space thriller Life is designed to tease it out.
March 23, 2017
Director Daniel Espinosa has all the architectural understanding of a cockroach caught in the bathroom light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2017
Yep, it's another "Alien" clone. A few good gruesome moments, but that's about all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2017
How this by-the-numbers sci-fi horror managed to blast free of the DVD bin and engage A-list stars like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds is hard to figure out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 20, 2017
Insatiable genre fans who do buy a ticket will likely send lukewarm responses back to the wait-and-see crowd.
March 19, 2017
"Life's" a thrill when it's smart, but it's even more exciting when the characters are dumb - which is ultimately a paradox the film wears proudly, to the possible extinction of the human race.