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Life Itself

Directed by Steve James
United States, 2014
Documentary, Biography


Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert.

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Life Itself Directed by Steve James

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Documentary Feature Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Documentary

One of the most fascinating aspects of Life Itself is how it becomes a catalogue of Ebert’s various speaking voices as well… Unsurprisingly, the story of their often rancorous partnership is the most compelling strand in James’s film, though Ebert’s less prickly and more generous side is duly praised by his wife Chaz and many of the filmmakers he supported (a group that includes James, whose landmark 1994 doc Hoop Dreams benefited greatly from Ebert’s thumb).
November 14, 2014
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A tender docu-memorial for Roger Ebert, a film critic who dealt in wit, passion and insight for the masses.
November 13, 2014
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In its structure as well as its content, Life Itself isn’t merely the story of a famous film critic, but a testimony to how a voice manifests itself among the people in one’s life. In that sense, this movie might speak for all of us.
July 20, 2014
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