Life Itself Reviews

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January 5, 2015
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.
January 5, 2015
What comes through most in Life Itself, a film named after Ebert's 2011 memoir, is his great, open-minded vigor.
January 5, 2015
If you aren't moved by Life Itself, you ought to have your heart examined.
January 5, 2015
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.
July 24, 2014
No less than James's capital punishment documentary At the Death House Door, this asks us to think long and hard about what it means to die with dignity.
July 18, 2014
That [Siskel and Ebert] weren't very nice to each other might be the too-easy takeaway of outtakes of their on-set interactions. James allows that relationship to be more complicated and vital.
April 3, 2019
[Roger Ebert's] determination is heart-wrenching... The great difficulty for James is in reconciling these powerful sequences with the more traditional elements of a narrative documentary.
November 8, 2018
ife Itself left me inspired, as I'm sure it did every single person in the theater.
August 22, 2018
My only complaint about the expansive, emotional documentary "Life Itself," about legendary film critic Roger Ebert, is that you really can't complain about it.
May 15, 2018
A celebration of the life of the most important film critic of the past 50 years, a man of the people as well as a film connoisseur.
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