Life Itself Reviews

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January 4, 2019
Wilde and Isaac are a chemistry-free coupling, which doesn't help, but Will and Abby are also fingers-down-the-blackboard awful.
January 3, 2019
It's quite a feat for a film to feel this dated upon initial release.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2018
Life Itself... comes across as a ghoulish, five-alarm fire of a movie.
September 20, 2018
The whole film is rather consumed with itself...
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.
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.
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