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  • Summary: In 2013, we lost Roger Ebert—arguably the nation’s best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert’s fascinating and flawed journey—from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his “third act” as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak. [Magnolia Pictures] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 2, 2014
    100
    Anyone who shares Ebert's love of movies and who followed his career will be exceptionally moved by Life Itself, but anyone who appreciates a well-lived life should be touched as well.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 31, 2014
    100
    Life Itself impressively covers the elements of Ebert's memoir.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jul 5, 2014
    88
    Life itself, that loaded two-word phrase, is what Roger really wrote about when he wrote about movies.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 4, 2014
    80
    Life Itself is a joy for people who love movies or who love anything with an unwavering passion.
  6. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 27, 2014
    80
    This is an impressively clear-eyed and deeply moving portrait.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 29, 2014
    63
    There's a sense throughout of Steve James rushing and dutifully covering all his bases to evade accusations of creating a puff piece.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 6, 2014
    10
    An uplifting and inspirational movie about Ebert's colorful life up to his last day, where sickness did not take over him instead, he thought it was the right moment to let go. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    An uplifting and mesmerizing experience that should change your view of life. You can take Roger Ebert's life for an example, he lived his life enjoying every second of it and fought up to his last day where he had to let go and not because sickness took over him, but because he felt it is the right time. Two thumbs up, and may God bless your soul. Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2014
    9
    If all you like are loud, special effects driven films, you should probably avoid "Life Itself." For the rest of us, this film is well worth seeing. It is a balanced, yet loving tribute of one of the 20th Century's most influential film critic. Hagiography the film is not, highlighting Ebert's many faults along with his achievements. The film includes interviews with his critics along with his many fans. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2014
    8
    A heartwarming, sometimes-heartbreaking, but always-truthful portrait of someone whose considerable influence changed the way we see movies forever. Through interviews with friends, family and colleagues, along with archival shots and exclusive footage of his final days, we learn the about the public and very private sides of Roger Ebert, an inspiring figure whose impact still hasn't been fully measured -- or appreciated -- and not just in the cinematic arena. Expand
  5. Jul 13, 2014
    7
    Although I was moved and had a tear in my eye, I could have done with less of the hospital scenes. I don't need to see the feeding hole cleaned repeatedly to get the message of the horrors of cancer and his bravery. That was overdone. Still, I learned so much that I did not know and consider this am essential film for film goers. I do question why Richard Roepert was left out of the film. I recommend the film but I don't think most people are aware how much time the film concentrates

    on his dying days.
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  6. Jul 19, 2014
    6
    Life Itself is a documentary about the life the legendary film critic, Roger Ebert. The movie is based on his autobiography, which is also titled "Life itself". The movie is full of intriguing and personal moments in the life of Ebert and events that led to his death.

    Growing up outside USA, I never watched Ebert's TV shows ("Sneak Previews" and "At the Movies") and I never read his critics (on Chicago Sun-Times). This movie shed some light on Ebert's life and showed me why he was such an influential figure. But at the same time, I could not care about Ebert more than any other successful professional person I know. The movie shows what an exceptional critic Ebert was, and at the same time, shows he was not very different from any other ordinary man.

    If you like cinema and history of it or if you like movies about movies, Life Itself is the right movie for you. Otherwise, Life Itself can be boring and you will leave the theater asking your self "Why should I care about Ebert?"
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