Life Itself Synopsis
Roger Ebert was a beloved national figure and arguably our best-known and most influential movie critic, and his death in 2013 was deeply felt across the country. Based on his memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF recounts his fascinating and flawed...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The irony is that Ebert famously lost his actual voice. Yet as the extraordinary documentary Life Itself shows, that couldn’t quiet one of...
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100

The Playlist

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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...
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Variety

By Scott Foundas
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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
In the end, cancer may have cruelly taken Roger Ebert's voice, but it couldn't silence his greatest gift: his ability to speak to his...
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ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is a uniquely powerful motion picture, the kind of open and honest portrayal I can't ever recall having seen about a celebrity. Life...
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HitFix

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Life Itself gives measured and pragmatic reflection to many of the things that are most interesting about Ebert's personal and professional...
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90

The Dissolve

By Genevieve Koski
Death is a part of life—one that informs everything we do, on some level or another—and watching Ebert characterize whatever time he has...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story.
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
“Movies are a machine that helps us generate a little empathy,” Ebert said about films. Life Itself is a lovely, eloquent tribute to a man...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world’s most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also...
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Worthwhile

By rockhead21
Watched this through on demand. Have always been a siskel/Ebert fan. It's tough to watch Roger in his later years with his jaw removed. The film does a good job on capturing parts of his life and his...

remarkable.

By ~X~
You may think you knew who Ebert was. I thought I did. Based on the tv show.... Then I was strongly encouraged by someone to read his autobiography, Life Itself. I was so wrong! Beautifully...

Two thumbs up

By richardmeyerson
Amazing man. Extraordinary story. Exceptional movie. Anyone who loves the movies should see this movie....

By mjmartin1227
I'll miss him...

Excellent

By julieweinstein
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Rated R | For Brief Sexual Images/Nudity and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Documentary captures film critic Ebert's zest for living.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF