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Life Itself Reviews

January 3, 2019
Wilde and Isaac are a chemistry-free coupling, which doesn't help, but Will and Abby are also fingers-down-the-blackboard awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 3, 2019
It's quite a feat for a film to feel this dated upon initial release.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 24, 2018
Excruciatingly contrived and ill-conceived...
September 21, 2018
Even in failure, it's clear that Fogelman has talent and can work with actors - it's just that his story is so unwieldy that it doesn't allow us to relate to his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 21, 2018
Fogelman wants audiences to feel his love, but the only tools at his disposal are sap and cheese, which he hits viewers with like an errant bus driver.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
September 21, 2018
It's a movie made for people who can't be trusted to understand any storytelling unless it's not just spoon-fed but ladled on, piled high, and explained via montage and voiceover.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 20, 2018
There is about as much honesty and genuine emotion in this film as you would find in a damage-control ExxonMobil commercial.
September 20, 2018
The less said about Life Itself -- a truly zany multi-timeline melodrama from the creator of that NBC show that makes everyone cry -- the better.
September 20, 2018
In Life Itself, everyone's fate is in the hands of Fogelman, and he wields that power with terrible cruelty.
September 20, 2018
The worst thing about Life Itself is not that it is emotionally sadistic. It's just how much it wants to be emotionally sadistic, while missing the mark by a mile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2018
Overall, his movie feels like an entire season of This Is Us compressed into two frustratingly uneven hours of tearjerking and grief porn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
September 20, 2018
If you are up for a good cry - in fact, if you crave one - you will probably get it. But it may be more of a reflex than anything.
September 20, 2018
I've seen Life Itself twice already, and I may even watch it a third time someday, not because it's perfect-it isn't-but because just as with my own life, I like to revisit the high points.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2018
Life Itself... comes across as a ghoulish, five-alarm fire of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 20, 2018
The whole film is rather consumed with itself...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2018
What the viewer is left with... is the curious sensation of having just watched a ninety-minute prologue to something that they're no longer interested in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 20, 2018
So perversely jaw-dropping in its attempts to extort feelings out of us that it could almost be a black comedy. But no, this one is playing it straight.
September 20, 2018
Fogelman's "Life Itself" seems to include almost every single thought and feeling he has ever had.
September 20, 2018
A glib, noxious, airplane-unworthy melodrama so insecure about its time-hopping, tragedy-strewn events and heart-stricken characters that, in its naked manipulation and narrative condescension, it resembles anything but the words of its title.
September 20, 2018
Life Itself feels weighted down by its sense of self-importance.
September 20, 2018
Dan Fogelman's blithering botch job doesn't rate a single star. Try five eyerolls. A talented cast goes up in a hellish blaze of leaden dialogue that lands like a blunt force trauma. But the real tragedy strikes when you buy a ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
September 19, 2018
Too many stray touches here belong to a Fidelity Investments ad, or a pushy yet empathetic marketing campaign for a pain reliever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 19, 2018
Movies should invite viewers in, taking them on a journey together with the characters on-screen. Unfortunately, "Life Itself" is less journey than lecture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 19, 2018
Isn't it amazing how human destinies intertwine? This movie seems intent on persuading you that the answer is "no."
September 19, 2018
A stuffed turkey that wastes most of its noteworthy ingredients...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 18, 2018
An overwrought tearjerker that shoves trite life lessons down your throat along with a vat of sugar.
September 18, 2018
The worst thing about "Life Itself" is not that it is emotionally sadistic. It's just how much it wants to be emotionally sadistic, while simultaneously missing the mark by a mile.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
September 18, 2018
Life, it seems, can be summarized as Terrible Things Keep Happening to Nice, Attractive People, Especially the Women.
September 18, 2018
A vapid exercise in narrative kitsch that spans two languages and multiple decades and love stories.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 17, 2018
"Life Itself" is one of the worst kind of bad movies, because it achieves nothing that it sets out to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 13, 2018
To describe its plot in detail is to betray the game of the film, but suffice it to say that the sum of its parts are exhilarating.
September 10, 2018
You rarely get the sense of Fogelman's characters being complex figures with internal lives - instead they're merely there to smile weakly through whatever trauma their sadistic creator puts them through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 9, 2018
Life Itself plays like a soap opera squeezed into two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 9, 2018
It is sentimental and sprawling, which are not necessarily bad things, but also manipulative and contrived, which very much are.
September 9, 2018
It's both schematic and self-important.