Life Reviews

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October 8, 2019
For a film determined to convey the vicious struggle for self-sustaining life amongst conflicting organisms, things couldn't be more barren.
July 20, 2019
It's ironic that a film about an alien feels so familiar.
April 23, 2019
The last third of the movie runs out of steam.
December 30, 2018
I can't tell you anything about the coterie that makes up this Alien-knockoff that isn't some generalization bluntly emphasized by its lowest common denominator, by-committee screenplay
November 2, 2018
To boil it down to the simplest sentiment, Life is plagiarism misinterpreted.
October 31, 2018
The portrayal of women and people of color doesn't outright offend, but their renderings are as watery as the rest of this cinematic oatmeal.
October 31, 2018
There's just nothing here that you haven't already seen before in better films.
July 22, 2018
A sci-fi drama that succeeds in capturing the long-prescribed design for survival flicks and thus accordingly succeeds at contrived, unimaginative drama as well. Whether you watch Life or not, you have seen Life before.
December 29, 2017
... the film itself has no flavor. [Full review in Spanish]
December 26, 2017
It's just an okay film that fell out of my brain soon after I left the theatre.
October 13, 2017
You'll laugh at the bad dialogue, cringe as Calvin stalks the crew, and stare in utter disbelief as Doctor Pilot unironically recites Goodnight Moon when all hope seems lost. I cannot stress how stupid this scene is.
September 7, 2017
If there are to be no inventive moments and no thrills that aren't at least secondhand, we can at least have some tolerably good spectacle.
August 24, 2017
Life is utterly predictable when it's not being outright nonsensical.
August 23, 2017
Terror about making contact with another form of life hardly constitutes a novel story line, and the movie's conclusion proves relatively easy to outguess.
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.
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.
June 10, 2017
When compared to the cast of Alien, the ISS team isn't well-textured, developed, or likable.
April 24, 2017
Remember how you felt at the end of that 2001 Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg? Who thought this was a great way to waste these actors and an entire budget?
April 14, 2017
It's handsomely mounted but not satisfying enough to stick.
April 7, 2017
The pitched battle aboard the ISS becomes a struggle for the fate of humankind, even as the humans in question aren't quite engaging enough to make us care. We don't like their chances. But they also don't necessarily have our sympathies, either.
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