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R| 1 hr. 56 min.

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.

Cast: Werner Herzog , Errol Morris , Martin Scorsese , Roger Ebert ,

Director: Steve James

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Life Itself (2014)

Release Date: January 19th, 2014|1 hr. 56 min.

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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Don't miss it. Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn't live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    It's fascinating stuff, but secondary to Ebert's genuine passion for the movies, which, if anything, grew toward the end of his life. He saw film as a great civilizing force, "a machine that generates empathy," as he says in the film. If that idea appeals to you, see Life Itself. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The irony is that Ebert famously lost his actual voice. Yet as the extraordinary documentary Life Itself shows, that couldn’t quiet one of America’s most beloved critics and cultural commentators. show more

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