Life Itself (2014)

Life Itself (2014)

Life Itself (2014)

Documentary biopic on the late Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie reviewer and social commentator whose influence forever changed the landscape of film criticism. From the director of Hoop Dreams, featuring interviews from Oscar-calibre filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris.

2014Rating: M, Mature themes, coarse language and brief sex scenes115 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Steve James ('Hoop Dreams', 'The Interrupters')
Cast:
Martin ScorseseWerner HerzogErrol MorrisRoger EbertGene Siskel
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Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

flicks

Early on in Life Itself, it is said that film critic Roger Ebert was a director of his own life. So it goes with this documentary. Intended as an opportunity to document Ebert’s life as arguably the greatest critic of the feature film era, it transitions into an account of his death in 2013.

Variety

Variety

press

James cuts - as in all of his best work - straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert's own words.

Total Film

Total Film

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That Ebert chose Steve James to direct this exceptional documentary, based on his own memoir, says much about its subject’s character.

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Ebert was a sparrer, a happy combatant, and the movies were always a springboard to a conversation. His life's work is well-represented here.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Deep currents of love and sorrow flow under the succession of often funny recollections of a busy life. But it is a wake where the departed is still present.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Ebert was an advocate of context in criticism, and it would probably please him as both a critic and a fan of irony to know that his death is what enlivens Life Itself.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fulsome appreciation of the life and work of the world's most famous film critic.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A clear-eyed celebration of a giant of film writing.

4.0
Flicks, Giles Hardie

Flicks, Giles Hardie

flicks

Early on in Life Itself, it is said that film critic Roger Ebert was a director of his own life. So it goes with this documentary. Intended as an opportunity to document Ebert’s life as arguably the greatest critic of the feature film era, it transitions into an account of his death in 2013.

Variety

Variety

press

James cuts - as in all of his best work - straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert's own words.

Total Film

Total Film

press

That Ebert chose Steve James to direct this exceptional documentary, based on his own memoir, says much about its subject’s character.

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Ebert was a sparrer, a happy combatant, and the movies were always a springboard to a conversation. His life's work is well-represented here.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Deep currents of love and sorrow flow under the succession of often funny recollections of a busy life. But it is a wake where the departed is still present.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Ebert was an advocate of context in criticism, and it would probably please him as both a critic and a fan of irony to know that his death is what enlivens Life Itself.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A fulsome appreciation of the life and work of the world's most famous film critic.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A clear-eyed celebration of a giant of film writing.

4.0

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