The Book of Life

Critics Consensus

The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.



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THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. (c) Fox

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Diego Luna
as Manolo
Ice Cube
as Candle Maker
Ron Perlman
as Xibalba
Cheech Marin
as Pancho Rodriguez
Plácido Domingo
as Skeleton George
Hector Elizondo
as Carlos Sanchez
Ana de la Reguera
as Skeleton Carmen
Gabriel Iglesias
as Pepe Rodriguez
Ricardo Sanchez
as Pablo Rodriguez
Danny Trejo
as Skeleton Luis
Carlos Alazraqui
as General Posada
Elias Garza
as Young Joaquin
Jorge R. Gutierrez
as Skeleton Carmelo
Kennedy Peil
as Sasha (As Kennedy 'KK' Peil)
Miguel Sandoval
as Land of the Remembered Captain
Sandra Equihua
as Scardelita
Angélica María
as Sister Ana
Eric Bauza
as Father Domingo
Tonita Castro
as La Muerte as Old Woman
Troy Evans
as Old Man Hemingway
Brad Booker
as Conductor
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Critic Reviews for The Book of Life

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (31)

  • Though the plot gets a bit congested, the film remains far less predictable than most of its kind.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film has the baroque wackiness of his tastes and the artistry is magical.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Sports gorgeous, marionette-inspired character design - mucho love has gone into the matadors' bespoke jackets - and a palette so warm you feel yourself developing tanlines around your 3D specs.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Not dissimilar in merrily ghoulish spirit to 'The Nightmare Before Christmas', it's hugely entertaining.

    Oct 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Such a crowded, colorful, more-is-not-nearly-enough aesthetic could easily have felt garish and confusing. But for some reason, it doesn't.

    Oct 17, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This Mexican fiesta of animated splendor is packed with visual delights far more sunny than sinister as they burst forth as if flung from an over-packed piñata.

    Oct 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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