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Reviews: Life of Pi (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Vita di Pi, gratificato da un successo di pubblico che cresce di settimana in settimana e da 11 recentissime nominations agli Oscar, è un film magnifico, trascinante
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Like a little decathlon of filmmaking from Ang Lee, who has done something seemingly impossible: he’s made a big canvas epic on a grand scale, but also a gracious take on the power of storytelling, and of faith.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: What does seem certain is that we’ll still be hearing about Life of Pi at the end of this year and through the end of Oscar season as one of 2012’s most substantial and worthwhile productions.
  • Christopher Bourne @ Twitch
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The movie’s best moments are as good as anything has been all year.
  • Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Above all else, “Life of Pi” is a gorgeous looking film.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a monumental technical achievement which satisfies as an astonishing adventure but fails to achieve deeper meaning.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: [Life of Pi’s] final revelation by the story’s unreliable narrator, a now adult Pi superbly interpreted by Irrfan Khan, darkens the preceding story considerably, delivering quite another film than what one initially expects.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: No matter what the movie’s virtues, Life of Pi ultimately drowns in its false aspirations.
  • [New – 3/28] | Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
    • Excerpt: Who deserves credit for Life of Pi?
  • Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd
    • Excerpt: Go get your teens watch this one in 3D and immerse into an ocean of the kindest mammal emotions.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Asesome & astounding, it’s not only one of the best of the year but also must be seen in 3-D on as big a screen as possible.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Is it desirable when creating a work about the human spirit to include only the sacred and none of the profane?
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Fanciful and visually lavish, yet very grounded in human reality.
  • Danny King @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: ‘Life of Pi’ is at its best when it’s functioning as a pure assault on the senses, and the ocean-set middle hour — complete with hallucinatory beauty, jaw-droppingly adorable meerkats, and a moving camaraderie between a boy and his tiger — is exactly that.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Josh Larsen @
    • Excerpt: Visually, thematically, intellectually – there is nothing sharp about this picture.
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Matt Looker @
    • Excerpt: The supposedly ‘unfilmable’ story is brought to life in such magnificent, spectacular fashion that, well you might as well no longer bother with the book. Seriously, this is pretty much the gist of it. And reading takes ages anyway.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Life of Pi may be a personal film for Lee, but his appreciation of human emotion has been delivered more convincingly in the past than here.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Giving Ang Lee access to 3D camera equipment and a modern-day fable like “Life of Pi” is the best idea anyone’s had in a long time.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Like all of those stories, it contains a great deal of wonder and richness – and like those stories, LIFE of PI is bound to stick with you long after it ends…whether you believe it or not.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
    • Excerpt: An exquisitely beautiful fairy tale.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Life of Pi finds itself torn between trying to be a beautiful allegorical story of survival and a deeper commentary on the stories that we tell. Forcing one undermines the other. While Life of Pi might convince you that a boy and a tiger can share a lifeboat, the two competing aspects of Life of Pi sink the story.
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • James Plath @ Family Home Theater
    • Excerpt: The results are pretty impressive, whether it’s a whale breeching right alongside the raft or thousands of meerkats on an isolated island.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: And what a life it is! What a visual masterwork that Ang Lee has brought to the screen.
  • Márcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Usually it’s sink or swim, but Ang Lee boldly manages to keep this film afloat, crafting an amazingly visual experience that only occasionally seems to tread water.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Gracefully sidestepping its overreaching, religiously didactic premise — that the unfolding story offers up absolute proof of God — Ang Lee’s lush 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s restrained novel of magical realism is a stunner.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
    • Excerpt: A 1950s live-action Disney ‘true life adventure’ decked out in the resplendence of modern F/X technology and given a false dose of profundity by the addition of subtexts about religious belief and literary theory.
  • Kent Turner @ School Library Journal
    • Excerpt: Director Ang Lee puts on quite a show, taking full advantage of technology to make Martel’s allegorical/metaphorical fable as tactile a viewing experience as possible. Look out for the tiger’s claws.
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: Although not adding substantially to the written story, the film is an excellent screen treatment of one of the most fantastic tales ever told.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:03 am

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