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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
    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
    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
    James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 27, 2014
    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
    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
    This is an impressively clear-eyed and deeply moving portrait.
  7. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jan 27, 2014
    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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