Life Itself


Life Itself

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Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, Life Itself offers a joyful yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy.



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Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (C) Magnolia

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  • With Ebert's blessing and encouragement, Life Itself is a warts-and-all look at how the son of an Illinois electrician and housewife became a prolific writer who spent 46 years as the film critic at the Chicago Sun Times.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • What comes through most in Life Itself, a film named after Ebert's 2011 memoir, is his great, open-minded vigor.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • If you aren't moved by Life Itself, you ought to have your heart examined.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's core is footage shot during the last four months of Ebert's life, when he had lost most of his jaw and was unable to eat or speak. It's hard to see him in this state, which makes his frequent cheerfulness and humor all the more remarkable.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Fans of the great populist film critic Roger Ebert will be both moved and amused by Life Itself.

    Nov 14, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • [A] warm, well structured and affecting tribute as someone who lived a full life and refused to be afraid of dying.

    Nov 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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