Life Reviews

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March 29, 2017
The horror lies in watching the monster grow while dreaming up a variety of grisly attack techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 24, 2017
Life is pretty lifeless.
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.
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.
March 24, 2017
A so-so space-station suspenser with heavy actors and a zero-gravity script.
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.
March 24, 2017
The taut urgency of Daniel Espinosa's direction deflects much of the deja vu. Life is anything but a saddening bore, even if you've seen it (or something very like it) 10 times or more.
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
Imagine Alien remade with a giant calamari and you have some sense of where Life is heading in outer space.
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