Life Synopsis
Two wrongly jailed men (Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence) become close friends.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Life can be funny, sad, conventional, unpredictable -- or a pain in the tail. And so can Life, the new Eddie Murphy movie. [16 April 1999,...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
No show-business tradition is sturdier than the two-man comedy team, and no contemporary stars are better suited to the format than Eddie...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is Life funny (and at times downright hilarious), but it also offers a light portion of...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The overall effect of Demme's film is a little like experiencing Nazi prison camps through reruns of Hogan's Heroes, right down to the few...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The result is a movie that's both odd and mediocre: not as bad as doing hard time, but not a particularly good time, either.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
If it's difficult to find straight laughs in a colorblind prison movie (It's difficult enough to find a colorblind prison movie), finding...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence are back together and give both of their careers some new life in this sentimental comedy.
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Spend 60 years in jail with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, and you'll understand why they call it the pokey. [16 April 1999, Life, p.5E]
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Life desperately wants to let Murphy and Lawrence be actors, but it can't imagine them as anything more than rowdy showmen. That's a kind...
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