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Based on 20 Reviews
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  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence are back together and give both of their careers some new life in this sentimental comedy. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Spend 60 years in jail with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, and you'll understand why they call it the pokey. [16 April 1999, Life, p.5E] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Life can be funny, sad, conventional, unpredictable -- or a pain in the tail. And so can Life, the new Eddie Murphy movie. [16 April 1999, Tempo, p.4] show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    No show-business tradition is sturdier than the two-man comedy team, and no contemporary stars are better suited to the format than Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Pairing them was a terrific idea. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is Life funny (and at times downright hilarious), but it also offers a light portion of sweetened social commentary and a sometime-affecting buddy element. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    If it's difficult to find straight laughs in a colorblind prison movie (It's difficult enough to find a colorblind prison movie), finding straight laughs in a black one is almost impossible. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The result is a movie that's both odd and mediocre: not as bad as doing hard time, but not a particularly good time, either. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The overall effect of Demme's film is a little like experiencing Nazi prison camps through reruns of Hogan's Heroes, right down to the few bona fide laughs. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    This Life may not be everlasting, but it sure gives us a good run for our money. show more

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