Life Itself Poster

Release Date: July 4th, 2014

R|2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the life of film critic Roger Ebert, especially his career highlights, his battle with alcohol, and his sometimes ruthless rivalry with fellow critic Gene Siskel.

Cast: Roger Ebert, Ava DuVernay

Director: Steve James

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Kartemquin Films, Film Rites

Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It isn’t surprising how warm and enjoyable Life Itself is – James is a singularly talented documentarian who literally owes his career to Ebert, and Ebert approached the facts of being filmed the same way he faced films, or for that matter faced anything: With honesty and good humor. show more

  • Life Itself paints a captivating portrait of a man who embraced life and art, whose spirit never flagged even when his body did. You don't have to be a film critic to find inspiration from Roger Ebert's extraordinary life. show more

  • James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story. show more

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