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Based on 44 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 46 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Lee uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a poet. You don't just watch this movie, you live it. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a slow-moving fable, with enough story and substance to make for one amazing Imax short. Instead the material is stretched beyond its limits into a long, repetitive and often stagnant 127-minute feature film. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A spectacular high-seas epic that employs technology brilliantly and underscores the power of a vividly told story. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience - especially in 3-D - than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Much as I was moved by the film, I have one reservation and one warning. The framing device of the older Pi recounting his story to the author (which worked so well in Martel's novel) is intrusive and significantly detracts from the story. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Though the film's setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, and few would dive into the story's soul as Lee does. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Meticulous care is evident in every aspect of the film. All three actors playing Pi are outstanding. show more

  • 60

    The story of Pi and Richard Parker already has the clean simplicity of a myth and really doesn't require significant elaboration, but following in the footsteps of the source material, the film provides elaboration anyway, demonstrating a condescension to the audience that dulls the spectacle it punctuates. show more

  • 80
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The script I did question; it takes awhile to get going, and it feels strangely flat at the very end. But in between, Lee is very skillfully employing cinema's most advanced digital techniques in the service of an adventure yarn that is gloriously old-fashioned - and often just glorious. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Is it real? Is this whole story real? I refuse to ask that question. Life of Pi is all real, second by second and minute by minute, and what it finally amounts to is left for every viewer to decide. I have decided it is one of the best films of the year. show more

  • April 13, 2013 kamehck
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    Deeply touches my soul ~ many layers to this movie.

  • March 18, 2013 ik00000000141723
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    Movie is about as long as trying to figure out Pi.

  • March 18, 2013 Daniel
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    Great movie...great story line, visually appealing. Worthy of all accolades.

  • March 16, 2013 blackend3346
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    Great movie, kept me on edge the hole movie... 5 star all the way

  • March 12, 2013 joelcline
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    Best Film I\'ve seen a a long time...Amazing story, breathtaking scenes, and stunning imagery.

  • March 08, 2013 dz00000000140698
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    I thought this would get best picture but it did get, Cinematography, Directing, Original Score and visual effects. All of them well earned

  • February 22, 2013 Jay Margolis
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    This was a wonderfully done, spiritually inspired movie, with script, acting, and cinematography at a level that you see only rarely. A very special movie. My vote for the Best Picture.

  • February 17, 2013 randielise
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    WORST MOVIE EVER... fantasy or not, appalling amount of animal cruelty and violence and even a fish was bludgeoned to death. Had to walk out. AWFUL!!!

  • February 09, 2013 xr00000000137943
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    This was an amazing story. Most of the animation appeared real, but still obvious animation. I would recommend it be seen.

  • February 04, 2013 rrrubinkowski4
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    I thought it was a great movie. I would recommend anyone to see it.

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