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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Amadeus Magnus's rating of the film The Book of Life

    Poor man's Dogma. PJ Harvey vs. Alanis Morissette.

  2. cin·aes·the·tic's rating of the film The Book of Life

    So Jesus and Satan walk into a bar... stop me if you've heard this one before. ;-) As other reviews have mentioned, the blurry camera affectation during the transitional scenes is more distracting than helpful. I get why it was used: to convey some sense of the unsettled, confusing, and jarring new millennium. Martin Donovan seems too nice as the Lord and Savior. Thomas Jay Ryan nails it as the Prince of Darkness.

  3. mitkills's rating of the film The Book of Life

    worth it to see PJ Harvey ordering the devil to make himself useful and open the champagne.

  4. tintinmugshot's rating of the film The Book of Life

    Funny, geeky, experimental. Not one of the best Hartley's, but still a good watch. Greatly It only lasts one hour, more than that would start to be a pain in the arse.

  5. caitlin.f's rating of the film The Book of Life

    the camera style was really offensive it was hard to keep my eyes on it.

  6. runfromfire's rating of the film The Book of Life

    The drinking scene showed promise but otherwise the entire thing felt like a bad Off Broadway play.

  7. David R Williams's rating of the film The Book of Life

    Interesting use of early digital producing a sort of hazy rain-smeared windshield effect at times. Great performances all around. Dead-pan if somewhat sophomoric humor. Just long enough that it allows us to spend some time with the characters without overstaying its visit. Worth a watch.

  8. Samuel Wells's rating of the film The Book of Life

    The Book of Life takes a unique premise of setting a conflict of biblical proportions to then modern day New York. The film falls short of reaching the lofty philosophical reaches it wishes to obtain. The dialogue is clunky and does not translate well to the actors who do their best to make it feel fresh. The distortion of the camera is the nail in the coffin, the haziness of this adds nothing only exists to distract

  9. Thomas's rating of the film The Book of Life

    Neither funny nor engaging. I think it was filmed with a potato.

  10. Jada Gorrell's rating of the film The Book of Life

  11. JoeTD's rating of the film The Book of Life

    A unique attempt at something different which can be appreciated. The early-2000s camcorder footage was an interesting idea, however with the countless dutch tilts the camerawork became a little too disorienting. The plot is nothing new, but doesn't feel too overdone because of the unique style. Overall worth the watch, but don't expect to be thinking about this film too much after watching it.

  12. turnerBroadcast p3Dr0's rating of the film The Book of Life

    Childlike innocence is not a viable alternative to despair. ... walk to the place where the plane landed in Hudson . Meet a giant bunny who says: 83 years 15 days 6 hours 42 minutes 12 seconds. An airplane engine is hurtling through space and time towards your bedroom. Laugh so loud it makes people wonder what's so funny. Check in under Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Griffith. Trash the hotel. Let's get drunk on the minibar.

  13. Jennifer Sharp's rating of the film The Book of Life

    This movie was difficult to watch. With the story together with the experimental camera and sound effects, while it created an uncertain atmosphere through the film, it became cloudy and confusing. The sound effects playing along with the vocals made the music shop scene in particular very jarring. It was difficult to find the purpose of many scenes and characters through the entirety of the film. Wouldn't recommend.

  14. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Book of Life

    A bit of a misfire, but if you don't take chances you don't grow as an artist. What they did with the video makes it unwatchable for me.

  15. Byram's rating of the film The Book of Life

    The movie had its moments of poignant reflection, but serving somewhat as a relic piece of the anxieties leading up to Y2K. So while it appealed to my nostalgia in evoking those memories, and offered some meaningful speculation of human relationship to their world and the divine, in general,one can't help but feel that it's stuck in its time.

  16. Shayan Bazri's rating of the film The Book of Life

  17. Daniel Iván's rating of the film The Book of Life

    Hal Hartley was, perhaps, the director that better understood the idea behind the "2000 seen by..." series. This film is deeply avantgarde, furiously clever on its storytelling, resourceful in the best of the ways, and brings to the table some "all american" poetics one could hardly imagine. The cast is perfect, but Thomas Jay Ryan as Satan is just a work of art by itself. A remarkable film.

  18. superjano's rating of the film The Book of Life

    I just wanna see PJ acting....

  19. Sabrina Achilles's rating of the film The Book of Life

    This is an excellent film; intelligent, wonderfully crafted, beautifully acted, a wonderful script, funny, a great drama. Fantastic. 10/10

  20. ecstatic truth's rating of the film The Book of Life

    Pretty poor. The digital camera is murky and jarring, the acting inferior to his best work, and the whole concept a bit half baked. Anyone notice Yo La Tengo were the horn band at the end?

  21. karmapolice101's rating of the film The Book of Life

  22. Garçon Manqué's rating of the film The Book of Life

    two stars just for seeing martin donovan and polly jean harvey together.

  23. thiago carvalho-fernandes's rating of the film The Book of Life

    The early digital gives this film an eerie atmosphere, filled with blurry and dreamy landscapes, intertwined with great acting and a very plausible plot, which makes an incredible dense and joyful film. Who can say, if Christ came back tro Earth, that he would'nt fall in love with us once again instead do juding humanity for its mistakes? P.S.: The Devil's 'stand-up mic' confessions are just amazing.