Life Itself Reviews

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.
July 16, 2014
It also makes clear that Ebert didn't want to partake in a movie that sweetened who he was. He'd be proud to know that the movie of his life is sugar-free.
July 11, 2014
A tribute and historical perspective on the man behind a pop-cultural phenomenon.
July 10, 2014
This movie is never maudlin or sentimental. It shows us a man who, whatever his flaws, seemed to live his life in exactly the right way.
July 10, 2014
Life Itself reminds you how unpredictable Ebert's tastes: He loved Benji the Hunted and tore Scarface and Blue Velvet apart.