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Reviews: The Book of Life (2014)

book_of_lifeReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Alegre y festiva propuesta animada apadrinada por Guillermo del Toro, una notable fábula de Amores Eternos y lazos indivisibles entre los que aún estamos aquí y los que ya se fueron. Quizá sature a los más peques, pero es una película muy recomendable.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: I don’t know about you and your kids, but after watching The Book of Life, I couldn’t WAIT to die. It certainly looks like a serious improvement on everything I’m doing right now.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: If only the story, which includes an awkwardly defined character called Candle Maker voiced by Ice Cube(?!), were up to its visuals.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: While not the animation game-changer that THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS may have been, THE BOOK OF LIFE perhaps has even more room to grow into a classic in the coming years. And curiously it has a similar pedigree.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Here is a movie of impressive imagination and surprising sympathy that still winds up feeling like the product of less pure intentions.
  • Cynthia Fuchs @ PopMatters
  • Kenji Fujishima @ Slant Magazine
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Ghoulishly fanciful fun…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: The animation is fresh, unique, and gorgeous. But we don’t need another tale of a man having exciting adventures while a woman waits around to marry him.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: n this global and interconnected time, I suppose it is about time a Mexican fairy tale complete with Mexican traditions, culture, and its people find a place on the big screen.
  • Brent McKnight @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: Despite revolving around a formulaic love story and a climactic battle with a largely inconsequential villain, The Book of Life carves out a stunning visual niche and a fantastic world full of memorable characters that provides a different perspective than the typical animated feature.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: A real livewire…
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Kristy Puchko @ Kristy Puchko
    • Excerpt: Kids will likely eat up this candy-colored confection offered up just in time for Halloween/Day of the Dead. But Fox Animation still lacks that something extra, that compelling plot and jaw-dropping level of animation detail that makes their movies a must-see for anyone over the age of ten.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The Book of Life is a joyful, giddy experience, brimming with energy and life, which is odd to say since much of it takes place in the land of the dead. But don’t let that description dissuade you, just because it is about the dead does not mean it’s a dreary experience.
  • [New – 4/10/15] | Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
Updated: June 8, 2015 — 10:00 pm

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