Life Itself Reviews

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October 29, 2019
Despite boasting an impressive cast that gives it their all, Life Itself and the stories it tries to tell feel disconnected and distant, attempting to be dramatic and only coming across as pandering.
August 20, 2019
This film had all the right ingredients, but it became a recipe for trite that should have been much better.
July 18, 2019
The sort of sprawling saga meant to make audiences laugh, cry, and nod approvingly at moments they might recognize from their own roller coaster lives. Unfortunately, a deep sigh and a dismissive shrug will be all that many folks might be able to muster.
May 21, 2019
So many feels...
March 20, 2019
Yet another insipid and cringe-worthy melodrama taking the "it's all connected" route while landing the biggest dissociative emotional belly flop of the year.
March 1, 2019
Life Itself is a waste of time. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 27, 2019
If you're a fan of characters, feelings, and lives told through intersections, this is a must see.
February 6, 2019
A contrived, tone-deaf, misogynistic and violently bizarre work that whiplashes between being a Tarantino wannabe and a quiet indie, with an ending that only works if there was another installment coming next Tuesday.
February 6, 2019
"Life Itself" isn't bad because it's melodramatic or manipulative. It's bad because it can't tell a coherent story or create a single believable character. It isn't bad because it's sad. It's bad because it's, well ... bad. Really bad.
January 26, 2019
If you like This Is Us...just go watch that.
January 14, 2019
Deadeningly obvious cultural touchstones like Bob Dylan and Pulp Fiction, as well as an egregious overload of Creative Writing 101 gimmickry, means Fogelman fails to land a shot with any possible audience...
January 9, 2019
While Dan Fogelman might not trust his audience to understand the film, or maybe his own writing to tell it, he definitely trusts his actors to shine. And that they do.
January 7, 2019
Life Itself crams a decades-spanning tale into two hours, and this only concentrates the schmaltziness.
January 7, 2019
A starry cast that also includes Mandy Patinkin as Will's father keeps things watchable even when the whirl of competing stories makes it hard to keep track of what is happening.
January 6, 2019
The voiceover narration alone makes one wonder how this script ever survived a first readthrough.
January 6, 2019
Dan Fogelman's Life Itself masquerades as a film that dares to tackle the unpredictable nature of life in a mature, honest way.
January 6, 2019
The film's indulgences are so heart-on-sleeve that it's hard to differentiate watching it from hearing someone pitch their very bad screenplay ideas with no attempt to read the room...
January 5, 2019
Despite the suffering ladled on to the characters, I remained stonily unmoved throughout.
January 4, 2019
Promising proposal that is lost between dispersion and forced complexity.
January 4, 2019
What's meant to be clever and profound instead feels pretentious and manipulative in this treacly ensemble drama about how fate brings people together, and how tragedy sometimes breeds hope as it resonates through generations.
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