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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The movie damn near lives up to that promise. Picture the Marx brothers and the Coen boys collaborating on a valentine spiked with mirth and malice. show more

  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Boyle isn't the first British or European filmmaker to make his obligatory zesty American road movie (apparently it's a dream for anyone raised on American cinema), but knowing that doesn't make A Life Less Ordinary any less tiring or its numerous pilferings any less obvious or annoying. show more

  • 38
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Flippantly hip without any solid laughs, Life strains to be the flick more offbeat. [24Oct1997 pg06.D] show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr New York Daily News

    This aggressively "sincere" movie is without a single authentically lived moment a sense exaggerated by Brian Tufano's overcomposed cinematography, which imitates the glossy hollowness of fashion photographs. [24Oct1997 Pg 51] show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    From start to finish, A Life Less Ordinary feels like a group of sometimes amusing, sometimes clever, and sometimes tedious skits forced to fit together. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film expends enormous energy to tell a story that is tedious and contrived. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Danny Boyle's dark comedy has stylishly filmed moments, but overall it's a queasy blend of amusing, pointless, and sometimes quite nasty material. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Here, one begins to suspect that the major impediment is the sensibility of the filmmakers themselves. They don't believe in this stuff, in its unavoidable sentimentality, and that attitude filters down to a perplexed cast. show more

  • 25
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The big trouble with the movie is that it's difficult to care whether these two get together. Ultimately I did care - when I realized that their union would presumably represent a chance that the movie might end soon. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's seldom boring and always beautifully photographed, but it's also considerably less than satisfying, perhaps because its internal logic never comes into focus. show more

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