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  • Summary: Spanning sixty years, this is the story of two friends who are wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison at a Mississippi penitentiary.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
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  1. Demme (Monument Ave.) brings a sure hand with pace and structure to the soft-at-heart script by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone, allowing Murphy, Lawrence and company to sit back and focus on the job at hand -- making us laugh.
  2. We have been treated to something we normally would never get in a prison comedy like this: a little delicacy with the humor.
  3. No show-business tradition is sturdier than the two-man comedy team, and no contemporary stars are better suited to the format than Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Pairing them was a terrific idea.
  4. This Life may not be everlasting, but it sure gives us a good run for our money.
  5. If it's difficult to find straight laughs in a colorblind prison movie (It's difficult enough to find a colorblind prison movie), finding straight laughs in a black one is almost impossible.
  6. Life desperately wants to let Murphy and Lawrence be actors, but it can't imagine them as anything more than rowdy showmen. That's a kind of prison as well.
  7. 40
    Sluggish, laugh-free comedy (or is it an ineffectual drama?).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 16, 2010
    10
    I was surprised when I found out it was a comedy. Although it includes comic elements, I found it fairly moving. The viewer is taken on a realI was surprised when I found out it was a comedy. Although it includes comic elements, I found it fairly moving. The viewer is taken on a real journey with the characters. Expand
  2. JarrodL.
    Jul 20, 2006
    10
    This movie is simply amazing. It is one of the most epic comedies I have ever seen, with vivid and diverse characters and many comedy greats. This movie is simply amazing. It is one of the most epic comedies I have ever seen, with vivid and diverse characters and many comedy greats. I am surprised that this is not better known for the amazing movie it is. It contains many deep themes one would not expect in a movie with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence especially (considering some of his career moves). It also has many emotional and dramatic moments that supercede its purpose as a comedy. Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone have crafted one of the greatest surprises of the 1990's by making this movie encompassing and memorable. Sure, its slow. But it is also tender, and has a great ending. It doesn't deserve a 3.5 so I'm giving it a ten to restore confidence in what should be a classic. Expand
  3. Apr 29, 2014
    8
    The thing I love about the movie Life is that it’s not completely a comedy. It’s what you would expect with a cast of comedians including,The thing I love about the movie Life is that it’s not completely a comedy. It’s what you would expect with a cast of comedians including, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac and more. There are definitely funny parts but it also has a lot of sweet elements to it and a good plot. It’s a typical story of two strangers in completely different lives that are forced together, except, these two are forced together for life in a prison. The movie spans almost 60 years but it never feels slow. It’s a very enjoyable movie that is easy to see multiple times. Eddie Murphy and martin Lawrence give great performances and they work well together. I recommend it for anyone who wants a laugh and a good story. Expand

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