The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.