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Life Itself

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Steve James

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About the Movie

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 189
  • Fresh: 184
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: What comes through most in Life Itself, a film named after Ebert's 2011 memoir, is his great, open-minded vigor. – Jake Coyle, Associated Press, Jan 5, 2015

Fresh: The film's core is footage shot during the last four months of Ebert's life, when he had lost most of his jaw and was unable to eat or speak. It's hard to see him in this state, which makes his frequent cheerfulness and humor all the more remarkable. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 5, 2015

Fresh: If you aren't moved by Life Itself, you ought to have your heart examined. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jan 5, 2015

Fresh: No less than James's capital punishment documentary At the Death House Door, this asks us to think long and hard about what it means to die with dignity. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Jul 24, 2014

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Customer Reviews

What a story...

This film touched me in so many different ways that when it was over, I had myself a good cry. This man and his passion for all things film along with his passion for the written word is so inspiring given the challenge he had to face. I always loved watching him and reading his reviews, but knowing all the back story of this along with his relationship with Gene Siskel....well I was touched. It was so worth the watch.


>thought this was a Stephen Hawking movie
>it wasn't
>turned out to be ok
>three star rating

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This film should help almost anybody appreciate their life and the contributions of others more.

We humans so easily get our priorities out of whack and forget what's really important. This movie may help the viewer get their priorities back in order and see what really is important in life.

I laughed and cried.

This is a wonderful movie.

Life Itself
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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