Life Itself Reviews

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Finally got a chance to watch this when it came to Amazon Prime not long ago. I was a pretty big fan of Ebert. Even when I disagreed with him on a film, I always took his writings about it to heart. He was a true one-of-a-kind dude. See this if you're a fan. See it if you're not a fan but don't know what all the hoopla surrounding Ebert was all about. See it regardless.

    Finally got a chance to watch this when it came to Amazon Prime not long ago. I was a pretty big fan of Ebert. Even when I disagreed with him on a film, I always took his writings about it to heart. He was a true one-of-a-kind dude. See this if you're a fan. See it if you're not a fan but don't know what all the hoopla surrounding Ebert was all about. See it regardless.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    A heartwarming, sometimes-heartbreaking, but always-truthful portrait of someone whose considerable influence changed the way we see movies forever. Through interviews with friends, family and colleagues, along with archival shots and exclusive footage of his final days, we learn the about the public and very private sides of Roger Ebert, an inspiring figure whose impact still hasn't been fully measured -- or appreciated -- and not just in the cinematic arena. I'd recommend to watch it with boxxy software app.

    A heartwarming, sometimes-heartbreaking, but always-truthful portrait of someone whose considerable influence changed the way we see movies forever. Through interviews with friends, family and colleagues, along with archival shots and exclusive footage of his final days, we learn the about the public and very private sides of Roger Ebert, an inspiring figure whose impact still hasn't been fully measured -- or appreciated -- and not just in the cinematic arena. I'd recommend to watch it with boxxy software app.

  • Jul 29, 2018

    When I first heard about the death of the great Roger Ebert, I, just like many others, was deeply saddened. I had lost what felt like a friend. I've always been a great admirer of his work; weather it was his writing, which inspired me to write about films myself, or his work with Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper on television. His passion for cinema was displayed mostly in his "Great Movies" reviews. "But I remember the Great Movies. They live on the same shelf in my mind", he said in his book that this film was based on, which shares the same title. His reviews of the best films ever made are filled with the same passion, empathy, and hope for mankind that are expressed by the movies themselves. "Life Itself" is directed by Steve James; a man whose own career may not be as successful without the critical praise he received from Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert for his great documentary "Hoop Dreams;'' a film about two inner-city kids looking to become basketball stars. "Life Itself" feels like a final way to say goodbye to Roger Ebert for all of us that admired him; a way to know him and understand who he was even better. In this film, as is the case with most docs, we are told through interviews and commentary about this man's life; from his childhood till his death. We also see what life was like for Roger and his wife Chaz in the miserable years that they battled with his cancer; their love is one of the more beautiful aspects of the film. Chaz is there with Roger through some of his best days, and she suffers with him as he is going through what were no doubt his very worst days. The love story of Roger and Chaz is not the only love story we are told of in the film: We also learn a great deal about the relationship Roger shared with his longtime TV co-host Gene Siskel. Despite what you may have heard previously about Siskel & Ebert's relationship, behind all of the arguing, we learn that they really loved one another. We're told of how much Roger was affected by Gene's death; and we're told of how concerned Gene was when he thought that Roger may have been leaving the show. Whenever I'm reading one of Roger's reviews, I feel like I am reading someone who not only had a great understanding of movies: what they are and what they can accomplish, but someone who had a great understanding of life: what it is about and how it will inevitably turn out. Much of Roger's life was about movies. The final goodbye has been spoken to Roger with a truly great movie in "Life Itself".

    When I first heard about the death of the great Roger Ebert, I, just like many others, was deeply saddened. I had lost what felt like a friend. I've always been a great admirer of his work; weather it was his writing, which inspired me to write about films myself, or his work with Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper on television. His passion for cinema was displayed mostly in his "Great Movies" reviews. "But I remember the Great Movies. They live on the same shelf in my mind", he said in his book that this film was based on, which shares the same title. His reviews of the best films ever made are filled with the same passion, empathy, and hope for mankind that are expressed by the movies themselves. "Life Itself" is directed by Steve James; a man whose own career may not be as successful without the critical praise he received from Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert for his great documentary "Hoop Dreams;'' a film about two inner-city kids looking to become basketball stars. "Life Itself" feels like a final way to say goodbye to Roger Ebert for all of us that admired him; a way to know him and understand who he was even better. In this film, as is the case with most docs, we are told through interviews and commentary about this man's life; from his childhood till his death. We also see what life was like for Roger and his wife Chaz in the miserable years that they battled with his cancer; their love is one of the more beautiful aspects of the film. Chaz is there with Roger through some of his best days, and she suffers with him as he is going through what were no doubt his very worst days. The love story of Roger and Chaz is not the only love story we are told of in the film: We also learn a great deal about the relationship Roger shared with his longtime TV co-host Gene Siskel. Despite what you may have heard previously about Siskel & Ebert's relationship, behind all of the arguing, we learn that they really loved one another. We're told of how much Roger was affected by Gene's death; and we're told of how concerned Gene was when he thought that Roger may have been leaving the show. Whenever I'm reading one of Roger's reviews, I feel like I am reading someone who not only had a great understanding of movies: what they are and what they can accomplish, but someone who had a great understanding of life: what it is about and how it will inevitably turn out. Much of Roger's life was about movies. The final goodbye has been spoken to Roger with a truly great movie in "Life Itself".

  • Jan 28, 2018

    Roger Ebert's passion for the movies defines film criticism forever and this documentation of the last days of the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic from The Chicago Sun-Times reflects on the melodramatics of his career, love life and friendship with fellow workplace rival Gene Siskel.

    Roger Ebert's passion for the movies defines film criticism forever and this documentation of the last days of the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic from The Chicago Sun-Times reflects on the melodramatics of his career, love life and friendship with fellow workplace rival Gene Siskel.

  • Sep 09, 2017

    I'm not the biggest film fan, but this film deals with more thsn just films. It is the story of a very sharp individual who let viewers into his life at its most fragile time.

    I'm not the biggest film fan, but this film deals with more thsn just films. It is the story of a very sharp individual who let viewers into his life at its most fragile time.

  • Jul 25, 2017

    Roger Ebert was the doyen of American movie critics, a man who just had to communicate why cinema was so important. It was a cruel fate that aggressive cancer robbed him of speech. This (overlong) documentary is a generous portrait of the man, stuffed with archive footage, movie clips, interviews with friends, family and colleagues, and a loving tribute.

    Roger Ebert was the doyen of American movie critics, a man who just had to communicate why cinema was so important. It was a cruel fate that aggressive cancer robbed him of speech. This (overlong) documentary is a generous portrait of the man, stuffed with archive footage, movie clips, interviews with friends, family and colleagues, and a loving tribute.

  • Jun 25, 2017

    A profound look at the life and times of the great Roger Ebert.

    A profound look at the life and times of the great Roger Ebert.

  • May 19, 2017

    A really interesting documentary about the life and career of Roger Ebert!

    A really interesting documentary about the life and career of Roger Ebert!

  • Mar 26, 2017

    The best documentary I've ever laid eyes on.

    The best documentary I've ever laid eyes on.

  • Mar 09, 2017

    A beautiful documentary remembering the good old days of the highly inspirational Roger Ebert. This film blew me away and it brought me to tears.

    A beautiful documentary remembering the good old days of the highly inspirational Roger Ebert. This film blew me away and it brought me to tears.