Life of Pi


Life of Pi

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A 3D adaptation of a supposedly "unfilmable" book, Ang Lee's Life of Pi achieves the near impossible -- it's an astonishing technical achievement that's also emotionally rewarding.



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Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor...a fearsome Bengal tiger. -- (C) Official Site


Suraj Sharma
as Piscine Militor Patel - 17 years old
Irrfan Khan
as Piscine Militor Patel - Adult
as Gita Patel
Adil Hussain
as Santosh Patel
Ayush Tandon
as Piscine Militor Patel - Child
Rafe Spall
as Writer
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Critic Reviews for Life of Pi

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (212) | Rotten (33)

  • Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.

    Jun 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Lee is a wizard, Life of Pi is an incredible spectacle and the technical effects are brilliant.

    Dec 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Despite some lovely images and those eyepopping effects, it is a shallow and self-important shaggy-dog story - or shaggy-tiger story - and I am bemused by the saucer-eyed critical responses it's been getting.

    Dec 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's less than meets the eye in Lee's ultimately unsatisfying fable.

    Dec 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5
  • Flawed, yes, but marvellously ambitious, and unforgettably gorgeous to look at.

    Dec 11, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.

    Nov 22, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Life of Pi

  • Oct 19, 2015
    superbly believable acting from the whole cast bolstered by the amazing less is more approach to the... i can't belive i'm saying this... beautiful CGI. the only ang lee reel i've liked. considering it was well hyped up i was pleasantly surprised.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2014
    Une histoire magnifique, des images extraordinaires, de bons acteurs ... rien de mieux pour une rà (C)ussite incomparable. Certains trouveront le film un peu long, mais ça en vaut la peine!!!
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2013
    Beautiful... Just beautiful. Ang Lee brings to life one of my favorite books and does it with such passion and determination. This adaptation, thought to be "unfilmable", achieves wonders in 3D and visual effects, as well as emotional story telling and great time first performance by Suraj Sharma.
    zach l Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2013
    Honestly, I read the book long ago before I watch this movie and when I heard that 'Life of Pi' will be made into a movie my question were : how can a boring book turned into a movie that will drawn the audiences' attention? But after I heard a lot of positive reviews on this movie, I was tempted to watch this movie.. And after I spent almost 2 hours watching this movie, I must gave a big two thumbs up to Ang Lee for making a beautiful visualization of this novel.. Suraj Sharma also make a great and quite impressive performance for his Hollywood debut performance as Pi Patel.. Overall, the Oscars that this movie got shows us how great the quality of this movie had..
    Sanjaya & Super Reviewer

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