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Life Itself

  R HD Closed Captioning

Steve James

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Plot Summary

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: 186
  • Fresh: 181
  • 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

A must see.

I was lucky to catch this beautiful and inspiring film last month at the AFI doc film festival. I only knew a little bit about Roger Ebert when I saw it but his amazing story had way more depth than I'd imagined. And it's important to note that in addition to being moving, it's very, very funny and entertaining as well. One of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time.

Worth your time

This gave me so many more facets to a man I grew up watching rate the movies on Saturday morning. It was interesting, intimate, and well made. It made me wish so much that he was around longer to see differently. Worth the price of rental.


A story of a true legend in the film industry. A must see for anyone who shares a passion for film.

Life Itself
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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