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Life Itself Reviews

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December 9, 2018
There is a moment where the narrator ... says 'I'm not sure whose story I have been telling,' and that's one of the few truths that Life Itself tells.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
December 7, 2018
The emotional manipulation is mixed with a puerile psychology and sweetened by force from photography and music. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 7, 2018
Fogelman understands human emotions and relationships, even if this film gets so tragic at times that it borders on the morbid and ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 6, 2018
Through its five stories, this choral film tries to convey a profound existential message at all times. [Full review in Spanish]
December 5, 2018
A movie whose universe has rules lax enough to allow almost anything to happen. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 5, 2018
The all-too-tidy web by which Fogelman's ensemble of characters interconnect plays as hackneyed and contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2018
Life Itself is proposed as an accomplished melodramatic exercise, powerful, honest, with some very lucid dialogues, about links and their derivatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 20, 2018
Life itself captures all of this in the worst way possible, offering no respite. It's sad to see a terrific cast so woefully underserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
November 9, 2018
Life Itself celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humuor, poignancy and love.
November 6, 2018
In its attempts to find some level of relatable sincerity Life Itself completely misses the mark and instead is only able to be overwrought and tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
October 31, 2018
About 15 minutes of Life Itself is truly special, unique and beautiful cinema. The rest of the film, however, is plain difficult to watch without cringing either for the plight of the characters or the pretentiousness of the screenplay.
October 29, 2018
Fogelman spans entire generations to tell this single story, offering simplistic platitudes about the human condition which he believes to be profound - a Hallmark greetings card that thinks it's Plato.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 24, 2018
If only all movies could begin like "Life Itself." A single camera shot but one that is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson in all his glory! You can't help but laugh during the first five minutes of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2018
Fogelman flips between... more cinematic elements and the soapy dynastic drama he is good at, which detracts from the positives considerably.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2018
This movie is so awful, I almost want to cancel my Amazon subscription out of principle
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 9, 2018
"Life Itself" is one of those movies that thinks it's saying something much more philosophical than it actually is at any point. In fact, the movie is barely saying anything at all.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
October 8, 2018
The film actually feels much better suited to a television series which would have allowed it time to delve more deeply into the subsequent lives and characters. This superficial grazing makes it feel more like a soap opera sped up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 5, 2018
The attempt by Life Itself to pretend it's anything other than another piece of "Nice men have feelings too, love us for being so nice!" propaganda is just exhausting.
October 4, 2018
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 3, 2018
Fogelman's film has heart, but it's ultimately too shallow in execution to support his grander ambitions.
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