The Book of Life Reviews

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August 5, 2019
'The Book of Life' is an estimated film with a great visual but whose script is simply not at the same level and that prevents it from reaching higher levels. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 2, 2019
My rapt attention for the duration of an animated feature is hard won, and the visual inventiveness of Jorge Gutierrez's The Book of Life certainly deserved it.
May 31, 2019
Idiosyncratic musical flourishes occasionally jar but the gorgeous design and masterful animation make this a joy to watch.
March 2, 2019
Yes, it is a dark subject, but it is magically told and illustrated with bright and vivid colors; characterized by some over-the-top yet vulnerable characters, and peppered with some highly entertaining musical numbers.
February 12, 2019
Some story problems and an unnecessary narrator can't stopthis film from being a stunning experience
January 11, 2019
There are many things that are striking about The Book of Life.
December 25, 2018
So, if you're looking for a solid family movie this Halloween or Day of the Dead, The Book of Life isn't it.
August 13, 2018
A watchable distraction for the eyes that sours itself by labouring to be as commercial as possible, right down to its unsophisticated and downright irritating soundtrack of Latino-infused Mumford & Sons covers.
November 28, 2017
Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, The Book of Life is a creative spectacle and an interesting take on a celebrated theme.
November 1, 2016
It's a shame we don't have a lot more films like "The Book of Life" in theaters available to families.
October 5, 2016
It has humour that will appeal and the setting makes it interesting and unique for a mid-term outing.
April 27, 2016
Though visually eye-popping, where The Book of Life shines is in the unique way it presents the themes we see in all family films; the importance of family and being true to yourself.
March 7, 2016
Colourful and fast-moving, this animated film mines myths around the Mexican Day of the Dead to create a children's story about death.
February 26, 2016
A colorful, joyous and buoyant lark that draws more from Mexican tradition and Greek myth than ghoulish Burton-esque kitsch.
November 5, 2015
The Mexi-centricity is novel and welcome, as is the flirtation with morbidness, but the film overall is filled with the usual trademarks of sub-Pixar animation: glib one-liners, anachronistic pop-culture references, and inspirational cliches.
April 16, 2015
The Book of Life is a fun children's movie that is unlike most of what's being released in English-language markets for any demographic.
April 7, 2015
Don't be fooled by the cutely-drawn characters on the poster promoting The Book of Life. For this is one of the more original and ambitious (in storytelling terms, at least) animated offerings of recent times.
April 6, 2015
Students of animation might find the film's design interesting but, by and large, the film is a bore.
April 2, 2015
Though the plot gets a bit congested, the film remains far less predictable than most of its kind.
April 1, 2015
Death feels like the best birthday party ever in this Guillermo del Toro production...
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