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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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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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.

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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
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Time Out

Time Out

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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
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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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.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

4.0
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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.

0
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
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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
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.

0
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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
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