Life of Pi Reviews

  • Ang Lee has taken the most impossible of stories and given it life. Life of Pi is adventure on a grand scale; easily the most technically advanced film of 2012.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The movie invites you to believe in all kinds of marvelous things, but it also may cause you to doubt what you see with your own eyes - or even to wonder if, in the end, you have seen anything at all.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • With Life of Pi, Lee takes on a not-so-crouching tiger to bring audiences a wondrously enthralling adventure fable.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Life of Pi" both draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, wonder and cinematic virtuosity.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Life of Pi," even more so on the screen, is a dream to help us keep the nightmares at bay.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Life of Pi manages occasional spiritual wonder through its 3-D visuals but otherwise sinks like a stone.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • Though the film's setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, and few would dive into the story's soul as Lee does.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Shelve your dislike of 3D glasses. Quiet your nattering criticism of CGI. Because Lee and his able crew wield those tools like wands.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ... the movie handles an alternate version of the story, and its ramifications, in an almost shockingly perfunctory manner. Which I think, in the end, compromises what the story wants to convey.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The film, at its best, celebrates the idiosyncratic wonders and dangers of raw, ravaging nature.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel's beautiful little book about a young man and the sea and a tiger, has transformed into a big, imposing and often lovely 3-D experience.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Ang Lee's signature style -- tasteful, measured, and devoid of personality -- translates surprisingly well to 3-D.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • Pi's story makes you believe why Pi would believe in God, sacrificer of innocents, tester of souls, creator of rapturous beauty.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ang Lee's thrillingly audacious film transforms this inconceivable premise into visual poetry, high adventure and sheer enchantment.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "Pi" is a wonder to see; too bad it's not wondrous to feel.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • If the story, based on the popular novel by Yann Martel, can't quite keep pace with the look of the film (and, alas, it can't) it will take you awhile to notice.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Melds a harrowing high-seas adventure with a dreamy meditation on the very nature of storytelling.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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