Life Is Sweet Synopsis
An English housewife (Alison Steadman) supports her family and a friend.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Life Is Sweet, a comedy with wonderfully touching moments by off-beat British director Mike Leigh, is an absolute gem of eccentric humor...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There are scenes here that are funnier than those of any other movie this year, and other scenes that weep with the pain of sad family...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Leigh gives you such a strong sense of his characters as fluky individuals that even his most lackadaisical scenes are alive with...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

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Mike Leigh has come up with a profound yet simple drama of family life generously leavened with comedy. [14 Oct. 1991]
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Life is Sweet is sweet indeed - and comic and quirky and, on those occasions when the tone deftly shifts, just a little sad... Leigh's...
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88

Chicago Tribune

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An off-center, lighthearted but perceptive study of people following their dreams in the only way they know how, Life Is Sweet-the title is...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Sweet (maybe) - but also painful (for sure). So painful that it's initially easy to resist this slice-of-Middlesex-life from Brit director...
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80

Empire

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Leigh has the skill to inspire with the everyday.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Nobody makes films as sympathetic to struggling working-class types as Mike Leigh, and nobody makes them as uncondescendingly. Although...
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75

Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
It's not a wonderful family, and the lives thus illuminated aren't sweet at all. But the movie is both things. In his sheer affinity for...
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