Once in the Life Reviews

January 1, 2000
Would easily qualify for an Oscar nomination if it were in a movie that was a bit less like canned theater and more cinematic.
January 1, 2000
While this cautionary tale of brotherhood gone wrong doesn't exactly break new ground, it certainly shows off its writer-director-star's triple-threat filmmaking potency.
January 1, 2000
Enough expertise has been lavished on this small film to make one almost forget that Once in the Life has been done more than once before.
January 1, 2000
Fishburne is able to create such an effective balance between humor and anxiety that the movie survives its familiarities of character and language.
January 1, 2000
Talky in the best sense.
January 1, 2000
Absorbing and edgy.
January 1, 2000
Despite some pacing missteps, this well-acted and colorfully photographed film is a gripping, gritty look at a hard-knock Life.