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Life of Pi Synopsis
A shipwrecked zookeeper's son is adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Meticulous care is evident in every aspect of the film. All three actors playing Pi are outstanding.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Lee uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a poet. You don't just watch this movie, you live it.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A spectacular high-seas epic that employs technology brilliantly and underscores the power of a vividly told story.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Lee's bigger theme isn't God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience - especially in 3-D - than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also...
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Though the film's setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, and few would dive into the...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Much as I was moved by the film, I have one reservation and one warning. The framing device of the older Pi recounting his story to the...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Reducing Life of Pi to a homily does it a disservice. Lee gives the framing story short shrift and concentrates on visualizing the inner...
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60

Movieline

The story of Pi and Richard Parker already has the clean simplicity of a myth and really doesn't require significant elaboration, but...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a slow-moving fable, with enough story and substance to make for one amazing Imax short. Instead the material is stretched beyond its...
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By edithpiaf
I loved this film. I thought the acting, directing, cinematography and the musical score were amazing. I think this movie is more adult friendly. I believe a mature child could view this film, but...

A literary film with lots of "ah-ha" moments

By Uberfan
This is a literary film which brings to life in 3D a young boy's struggle to survive. Several reviewers have described the first third of the film as "slow," but that portion is critical to the story...

Loved It!

By emoore5000
The movie was visually stunning. The most important factor for any story is the culmination and the Life of Pi was very clever in tying up this awesome tale....

Thoughtful and Thoughtful

By onekathryn
I enjoyed this movie because it wasn't straightforward. And, if you don't get the hidden meaning during the movie, the Pi character explains it at the end. Beautifully shot, exquisite color, and...

Very good adaption

By Treeinwind
I loved this movie, it had all the themes in the book. The acting was superb and visually it was just strking. Exactly what I would expect from Ang Lee....

Life of Pi

By dianelee33176
The acting and special effects were wonderful. Read the book years ago, so it wasn't as exciting to me as to those who didn't read the book. However, it's a terrific movie. Very real!...

If you loved the book, you will not be disappointed.

By AmyKT
If there is a wrong note or a misstep in this film, I certainly did not notice it. The script kept true to the book, while the special effects and cinematography brought this incredible story to life...

It's up to you

By fespus
This is a beautiful movie with stunning visuals, vivid symbolism and life lessons that are spiritually provoking. It's really one of those glass half full / half empty type of proposals and the...

Spiritual Life

By filmrat
to understand this story ... one need to have a bit of understanding of the many "gods" that India has ... a story of a boy growing up living in a country with different beliefs....how many...

Profoundly moving!

By Violet Schwartz
I went home after this movie contemplating an emotional voyage. The Life of Pi is an epic and soulful story, wrapped with visual projections of the masterful literary work from which the film...

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Rated PG | For Peril, Emotional Thematic Content and Some Scary Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Beautiful, emotional, intense story of faith and friendship.
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