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The Book of Life Synopsis
THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off to rescue his one true love and defend his village.
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Entertainment Weekly

Overflowing with hyperactive charm and a spectacular sea of colors, it showcases some of the most breathtaking animation we've seen this...
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By Susan Wloszczyna
The Book of Life bedazzles your eyes and buoys your spirits as it treads upon themes most commonly associated with the macabre universe of...
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
A Mexican-accented kids’ cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling it almost reinvents the art form. As pretty as a just-punctured...
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By Alonso Duralde
The Book of Life manages to be genuinely surprising and engrossing.
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New York Daily News

For a kiddie flick, The Book of Life pushes boundaries, as the topic of death is undeniably front and center. But like Mexico’s Day of the...
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Chicago Sun-Times

The Book of Life is a delight. In an animated universe cluttered with kung-fu pandas, ice princesses and video-game heroes, Gutierrez and...
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By James Berardinelli
The Book of Life represents Guillermo del Toro's most hands-on foray (to date) into the realm of family friendly entertainment; this is...
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By Geoff Berkshire
The Book of Life is undoubtedly stuffed with more business than its fleet, kid-friendly running time can properly handle. Yet Gutierrez’s...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the story is not as mythic or fanciful as it seeks to be, its predictability is trumped by the film's beauty.
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Village Voice

By Simon Abrams
The film's rote right-makes-might fantasy wouldn't be so obnoxious if pandering to the lowest common denominator wasn't its default mode.
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Book of LIfe

By mrnat1
Best 3D I have seen in a while. Great Love story. A story of good vs evil, a story of never say "die" (literally). I cried, I laughed, I looked on in amazement. I was a little surprised that it is...

Colorful, great music, great story line, full of culture!

By Greatnavywife
Saw this with my 8 and 3 year old daughter and my husband. We loved the music and bright colors! The story line was great and kept you guessing. I love the Mexican traditional folklore and art which...

Wonderful Animation.

By jbodre
The Book of Life is a wonderful animated movie, with a great and original plot with the main theme being love. This movie has good comedy, great action scenes and a superb ensemble. The BOL has a...

Just Great!

By contrerasp8
This is so far the Best Animated movie of the Year. if you think the trailer is good, let me tell you that it tricks you a little bit, cause the Film is Way Better. Stunning Cast at their Best La...

colorful! !

By only1me81
It was entertaining. Great music (mostly covers) and wonderful animation. My son and I had a great time...

Hispanic culture at its best!

By kenloyd02
Americanization a side, this movie represents the best of Hispanic culture you'll find anywhere! !...

Very funny

By sdjeter11
This was a really cute movie, it had comedy and a great sense of humor....

amazingly funny!!

By miljekato
the movie was really good and so funny! it's a great movie to watch with your family! I really recommend watching it....

well written movie

By movie_galz
i am very impressed with this movie. very well written. there is a bit of adult & kid humor. love it!...

my daughter loved it

By mrslrdavis
the singing and storyline kept her attentive....

More Info

Rated PG | For Mild Action, Brief Scary Images, Rude Humor and Some Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.
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