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"A work of deftness and delicacy, by turns a film about illness and death, about writing, about cinema AND, FINALLY, AND VERY MOVINGLY, A FILM ABOUT LOVE."

- Geoffrey O’Brien, New York Times

"Critics’ Pick"

- Time Out New York

"A clear-eyed portrait of a complicated, Falstaffian figure. A big-hearted, absorbing documentary. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing."

- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"Richly satisfying. Engrossing, unflinching, moving and comprehensive. An astute and sensitive account of a fully realized man and a life overflowing with abundance and achievement. James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story."

- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

"Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other."

- Scott Foundas, Variety

"A remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived."

- CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"Deeply Stirring"

- Village Voice

"A clear-eyed portrait of a complicated, Falstaffian figure. A big-hearted, absorbing documentary. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing."

- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"Richly satisfying. Engrossing, unflinching, moving and comprehensive. An astute and sensitive account of a fully realized man and a life overflowing with abundance and achievement. James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story."

- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

"Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves. James cuts - as in all of his best work - straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other."

- Scott Foundas, Variety

"Don't miss it."

- USA TODAY

"You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn."

- Elle Magazine

"A THRILLING TALE WITH UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS. Ebert’s life contained as much melodrama, tragedy and uplift as any weepie movie he reviewed. Any biographical documentary demands onscreen star quality, and this one has a hero and a heroine worth rooting for."

- Richard Corliss, Time

"A clear-eyed portrait of a complicated, Falstaffian figure. A big-hearted, absorbing documentary. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing."

- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"A GREAT DOCUMENTARY. It's the achievement of Steve James' wonderful, heartbreaking film to give us the whole man in all his personas, some graceful, some not-so-nice."

- Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"DEEPLY ENTRALLING. Documentary master Steve James has put the pieces of Ebert’s life together with extraordinary fascination and vision."

- Owen Gleiberman, EW

" Unusually moving. It gains its universal impact in smaller, earthier revelations."

- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

"RIVETING. Two thumbs up were only a small part of the total man. HIS HEROISM IS THE STUFF MOVIES ARE MADE OF."

- Mara Renstein, USA Today

"A DEEPLY STIRRING, GOOD HUMORED TRIBUTE."

- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

"IT’S INCREDIBLY TOUCHING AND A MUST-SEE FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES MOVIES. It’s not just a celebration of Ebert, it’s a valentine to why movies matter."

- Kristen Meinzer, WNYC/NPR

"DON’T MISS IT. I’m still a little emotional thinking about it."

- Whitney Matheson, USA Today

"The modern human must define himself against how Ebert lived his final years, when he lost his (big) mouth and discovered an even stronger, truer voice."

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"A celebratory but unstinting portrait. A paradoxical and vitally overflowing character emerges: a compassionate moralist with vast appetites, a raucous public performer whose confessional candor had a nearly religious purity."

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"PROFOUND. An inspiring portrait of one man's indefatigable will to not only live but to enjoy life and bring joy to others."

- Sean Manning, Esquire

"It isn’t surprising how enjoyable Life Itself is – but it’s also sharp and smart and honest."

- James Rocchi, Film.com

"Richly satisfying. Engrossing, unflinching, moving and comprehensive. An astute and sensitive account of a fully realized man and a life overflowing with abundance and achievement. James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story."

- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

"Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other."

- Scott Foundas, Variety

"Profoundly moving. James tells this unapologetic story with little sympathy, as per Ebert’s wishes, and a lot of passion—he wants the audience to really know who Roger Ebert was, and understand the importance of his work. Roger Ebert was a movie lover, and this is the kind of movie he would have loved."

- Chase Whale, Playlist

"A moving film that is poetic, funny, and vivid – a film Ebert would have adored."

- Neha Aziz, Austin Chronicle

"A whole portrait, the good and the bad, of a man who loved movies and life in equal measure. Roger would have loved this movie."

- Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"A Moving tribute, a celebration of celebrating movies and, at its heart, a salute to any life lived fully. It's never depressing for a second."

- Daniel Fienberg, Hitfix

"The Must List"

- Entertainment Weekly

"Grade: A. Enchanting and inspiring."

- Entertainment Weekly

"Life Itself is a joy. It celebrates colorful characters, an indomitable spirit and a generous mind. It is, as Ebert might say had he lived to see it, exactly what we go to the movies for — and easily earns two thumbs up"

- NY DAILY NEWS

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- NY DAILY NEWS

"Thumbs up."

- AP

"A moving tribute."

- USA TODAY

"Roger Ebert Gets the Two-Thumbs-Up Doc He Deserves."

- GQ

"A THRILLING TALE WITH UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS. Ebert’s life contained as much melodrama, tragedy and uplift as any weepie movie he reviewed. Any biographical documentary demands onscreen star quality, and this one has a hero and a heroine worth rooting for."

- Richard Corliss, Time

"A clear-eyed portrait of a complicated, Falstaffian figure. A big-hearted, absorbing documentary. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing."

- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

" EXTRAORDINARY. ‘LIFE ITSELF’ IS A JOY."

- Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

"A GREAT DOCUMENTARY. It's the achievement of Steve James' wonderful, heartbreaking film to give us the whole man in all his personas, some graceful, some not-so-nice"

- Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"DEEPLY ENTRALLING. Documentary master Steve James has put the pieces of Ebert’s life together with extraordinary fascination and vision."

- Owen Gleiberman, EW

"ENCHANTING AND INSPIRING. Grade A."

- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

"4 STARS. Unusually moving. It gains its universal impact in smaller, earthier revelations."

- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY

"RIVETING. Two thumbs up were only a small part of the total man. HIS HEROISM IS THE STUFF MOVIES ARE MADE OF."

- Mara Renstein, US Weekly

"A DEEPLY STIRRING, GOOD HUMORED TRIBUTE."

- Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

"IT’S INCREDIBLY TOUCHING AND A MUST-SEE FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES MOVIES. It’s not just a celebration of Ebert, it’s a valentine to why movies matter."

- Kristen Meinzer, WNYC/NPR

"DON’T MISS IT. I’m still a little emotional thinking about it."

- Whitney Matheson, USA Today

"A SURPRISINGLY FUNNY FILM THAT WILL LEAVE YOU MOVED."

- Marshall Fine, Star

"A REMARKABLY INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF A LIFE WELL LIVED."

- Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times

"The modern human must define himself against how Ebert lived his final years, when he lost his (big) mouth and discovered an even stronger, truer voice."

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"A celebratory but unstinting portrait. A paradoxical and vitally overflowing character emerges: a compassionate moralist with vast appetites, a raucous public performer whose confessional candor had a nearly religious purity"

- Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"ROGER EBERT’S LIFE HAD AS MUCH INCIDENT, DRAMA AND JOY AS ANY TEN MOVIES HE EVER REVIEWED, and this completely absorbing doc tells his deeply human story with rare truth and beauty."

- David Koh, Film Journal International

"In its own movie love and view of one man’s vast, dynamic life, IT BECOMES ABOUT US ALL. It’s a downright cosmic look at existence, even as it stays strictly personal."

- Matt Prigge, Metro NY

"PROFOUND. An inspiring portrait of one man's indefatigable will to not only live but to enjoy life and bring joy to others."

- Sean Manning, Esquire

"THIS IS ONE OF THE YEAR'S MUST-SEE DOCS. It really is an amazing film."

- Ed Douglas, Coming Soon

"This personal story presents us with ONE OF THE BEST, MOST HONEST ON-SCREEN ROMANCES RECENTLY DEPICTED ON FILM."

- Randy Meyers, San Jose Mercury

"It isn’t surprising how enjoyable Life Itself is – but it’s also sharp and smart and honest."

- James Rocchi, Film.com

"Richly satisfying. Engrossing, unflinching, moving and comprehensive. An astute and sensitive account of a fully realized man and a life overflowing with abundance and achievement. James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story."

- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

"Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other."

- Scott Foundas, Variety

"Profoundly moving. James tells this unapologetic story with little sympathy, as per Ebert’s wishes, and a lot of passion—he wants the audience to really know who Roger Ebert was, and understand the importance of his work. Roger Ebert was a movie lover, and this is the kind of movie he would have loved."

- Chase Whale, Playlist

"A moving film that is poetic, funny, and vivid – a film Ebert would have adored."

- Neha Aziz, Austin Chronicle

"A whole portrait, the good and the bad, of a man who loved movies and life in equal measure. Roger would have loved this movie."

- Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"A Moving tribute, a celebration of celebrating movies and, at its heart, a salute to any life lived fully. It's never depressing for a second."

- Daniel Fienberg, Hitfix

" Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn't live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are."

- Rolling Stone

"He reviewed the great masterpieces. Now he’s in one."

- Entertainment Weekly

ABOUT THE FILM

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) along with executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a film that recounts the inspiring, entertaining and colorful life of world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert--a story that is by turns personal, funny, moving and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores Roger Ebert's legacy--his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

CAST & CREW

Cast:
Roger Ebert

Executive Producers:
Martin Scorsese
Steven Zaillian

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