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89

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  • Summary: The story and struggles of film critic Roger Ebert, based on his memoir, Life Itself.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Chase Whale
    Jan 27, 2014
    100
    James tells this unapologetic story with little sympathy, as per Ebert’s wishes, and a lot of passion—he wants the audience to really know who Roger Ebert was, and understand the importance of his work.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 27, 2014
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jan 27, 2014
    90
    James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 27, 2014
    88
    This is a big-hearted, absorbing documentary about a writer who kept on writing until very near the end. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    Unusually moving (not only to stray film critics in your crowd), director Steve James's keen profile of the late, great Roger Ebert works both as a compact appreciation of the reviewer's vast public impact, as well as an unflinching peak into a cancer patient's final months, fraught with pain, hope and constant treatment.
  6. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    This is an impressively clear-eyed and deeply moving portrait.
  7. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jan 27, 2014
    77
    It isn’t surprising how warm and enjoyable Life Itself is – James is a singularly talented documentarian who literally owes his career to Ebert, and Ebert approached the facts of being filmed the same way he faced films, or for that matter faced anything: With honesty and good humor.

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