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
It's so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate their new TV monitors.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Claudio Miranda's luminous camera, set to Mychael Danna's intoxicating score, captures all manner of wild delights.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
There isn't a dull moment in the film, and there are about 300 worthy of a "wow."
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
That Ang Lee has managed to turn the limitations of the material into his adaptation's greatest strength make "Life of Pi" into a significant achievement for the filmmaker in spite of blatant problems with structure, dialogue and other surface issues.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Every once in a long while, the right director comes across the right project at just the right moment, and things so often discordant fall into perfect harmony.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
I felt like I'd been invited to a seven-course dinner, and all seven turned out to be cake - and then the host insisted on delivering a lecture about how cake would bring me closer to God.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The movie's energy peters out in a series of book-club conversations about divine will, the power of storytelling, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Dana Stevens - Slate
There's an audience out there for this movie, but the question is whether they will find it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A gorgeous and accomplished rendering of the massive best-seller.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Lee and screenwriter David Magee find rich and clever ways to translate even Pi's stillest moments, the film unfolding through intricate flashbacks, whimsical voice-overs, harrowing sea hazards and exquisite flashes of fantasy and hallucination.
David Germain - Associated Press
Magical realism was rarely so magical and never before so real.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Life of Pi puts 3D in the hands of a worldclass film artist. Ang Lee uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a poet. You don't just watch this movie, you live it.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
One of the most remarkable films in recent years.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee's most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
You'll wish you could watch it with the sound turned off.
The ferocious swells and intent visual beauty Lee has brought to Yann Martel's best-selling seeking-of-the-spiritual yarn quickly evokes a second thought: "Kitty, kitty, kitty, nice kitty, here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty."
Among movies that are intended to be spiritually insightful, this is one of the most hollow and disappointing that I've seen, a surface-level rendering of platitudinous feel-good hooey.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This movie is to be seen and experienced. It is not to be heard.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.
David Thomson - The New Republic
Teenage acting newcomer Suraj Sharma, discovered through a casting call in India, gives Pi an earnestness and toughness that ground this elaborate story.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
The power of Life of Pi sneaks up on you, rather like the raw sadness of Lee's best-known previous prestige pic, Brokeback Mountain.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Some of the most gorgeous 3D images this side of 'Avatar.'
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
Everywhere you look there are images of beguiling beauty: a mirror-like sea reflecting golden clouds; a sudden swarm of flying fish; an island bristling with meerkats; and a breaching whale glowing with bioluminescence as it leaps out of the water.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Ang Lee's Life of Pi is a visual masterpiece, often transcending the boundaries of special effects and what they're capable of, but the film's actual story is hollow.
Jeremy Lebens - We Got This Covered
The search for religion takes a back seat to the spectacular visual splendor of a boy floating alone on the ocean with a vicious tiger.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
"Life of Pi" isn't just a visual effects movie stuck at sea. There's a compelling story here as well.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Endorses the notion of blind faith, and denial as a positive character trait.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Mystical and endless as the number pi, 'The Life of Pi' works on a number of levels, all of them enchanting.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Takes some time to find its flow. The CGI-tiger is the greatest marvel here-the intensity of its stare alone makes it the truest fiction of all. Religious platitudes remain fairly pat; the final allegory's overstated.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The morals of the story don't come through, while the film's extensive metaphors are belatedly rammed down your throat like a get out of jail free card.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Ang Lee's extraordinary, lyrical, beautiful, moving, genre-defying Life of Pi can be recommended with the simple, sweeping assurance that it is unlike anything you have ever seen before.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
A dazzling digital dreamscape that sets staggering new heights for what can be accomplished with 3D technology.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Martel's novel could have yielded a greater film in different hands, but Lee's work remains one to be grateful for.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
(Ang) Lee has gone above and beyond, executing the job with near flawless precision.
Matt Neal - The Standard
When adrift with Pi and the tiger on the open sea, the film is at its most wondrous: a ravishing spectacle that treads judiciously on the infinite line between what's possible and impossible.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Life poses as a spiritual experience, but it's more like a postcard.
Jake Mulligan - Boston Phoenix
What better analogy for our place in the universe than a couple of scared creatures stranded on a precarious liferaft in the middle of a vast nothingness?
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Life of Pi is director Ang Lee's artistic expression of faith on film that's close to his very own version of the Sistine Chapel, minus the neck pain.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
Bleak facts or magical stories, science or faith, connected or alone, instinct or animals with souls - these are the dynamics explored by every aspect of Life of Pi.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Flawed it may be, but at its core lies an epic journey that shows Lee reborn as a creative force.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
I haven't been able to shake the thought-provoking finale. Don't expect to leave this story behind as you exit the theatre. Life Of Pi has something to say.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
The 227 days at sea are a test of physique, mental adaptation and faith, and Suraj Sharma makes Pi's spiritual journey as convincing as his nautical one.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The screenplay reaches out to people of all religions and faiths and gives you the confidence to make your own mind up about things.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Lee is a wizard, Life of Pi is an incredible spectacle and the technical effects are brilliant.
David Sexton - This is London
Working with perceptive writer David Magee (Finding Neverand), Ang Lee creates one of the most thoughtful, artistic blockbusters ever made by a Hollywood studio.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Life of Pi is chiefly to be recommended for the punch of its core story. Never mind the cod-philosophical breadth - feel the impressive emotional depth.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Yes, this is fantasy cinema. One man, alone with his wonderment, suspended between sky and sea.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
With Life Of Pi, Ang Lee has delivered bold, inspirational and intelligent cinema, the likes of which is rarely seen - and for that reason alone this is unmissable.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
A film of staggering beauty, great intelligence, high technical ability and no little humour.
Chris Hunneysett - Daily Mirror [UK]
Life Of Pi must be the most beautiful film of the year, a technical marvel, and magic realism at its most magical.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
I thought of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the King of Swamp Castle's determination to build on that sodden earth. It stayed up in the end but it wouldn't take much for it to fall over.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Despite some lovely images and those eyepopping effects, it is a shallow and self-important shaggy-dog story - or shaggy-tiger story - and I am bemused by the saucer-eyed critical responses it's been getting.
You could just wallow in the visual lavishness of this movie and not think at all about what it 'means' and be blown away by it.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Lee maintains a very precise balance between the wondrous and the outrageous so we are never taken for fools in swallowing this tall tale - it might just be true.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Is Lee's film a fable? Is it an adventure? No, it's a super-movie.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Ang Lee has, for the most part, constructed such a wondrous piece of filmmaking that even the 3D works.
Jamie Neish - HeyUGuys
Beautifully shot and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging, thought provoking drama with jaw-dropping special effects work and a superb central performance from Suraj Sharma.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Ang Lee's astonishing adaptation of Yann Martel's fantastical bestseller makes it hard to believe how anyone dubbed Life of Pi 'unfilmable'.
Rachel Wood - Sky Movies
Perhaps you need an unshakeable faith and the ability to believe in fantastical stories to really appreciate it.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
We're left, then, with a film that is a visual marvel, with an extraordinary story, that's dragged down by a very ordinary lead actor. A stronger performance could have made a good movie great.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
In answer to the film's central question, this is exactly the type of story I like to be told, in all its facets and complexities, and I'm thankful for those that helped in the telling of it.
A beautifully realised journey that goes right off the map.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
To produce a coherent film from Martel's tricky novel would be achievement enough, but Ang Lee has extracted something beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
An impressive and brave attempt to tackle a book many thought could not be adapted.
James White - SFX Magazine
With the help of DP Claudio Miranda, Lee constructs an impressionistic canvas that feels like our collective imagination projected on a screen.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The close up, the eyes, the emotions, the enormity of the angry sea .... Ang Lee's vision for adapting the novel to the screen is extraordinary in its ambition and wondrous in its execution
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
A remarkable, unforgettable cinematic experience...Enjoy it with your eyes and your heart.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Watching this won't save your soul, but only remind you that life, like a magic trick, is a passing amusement.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
There's less than meets the eye in Lee's ultimately unsatisfying fable.
Andrew Schenker - Little White Lies
For the bulk of the film, Lee masterfully combines breathtaking beauty with edge-of-your-seat suspense. During these scenes, the movie is thrillingly alive like no other this year.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The wonder of Pi's sea-going struggle (phosphorescent whales; swarms of flying fish...it's all there in the trailer) is convincing; the framing, structure and impact of Pi's emotional and mental struggle, somewhat less so.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
Life of Pi is a beautiful allegory about living with faith in the face on unfathomable tests.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Flawed, yes, but marvellously ambitious, and unforgettably gorgeous to look at.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
You might as well no longer bother with the book. Seriously, this is pretty much the gist of it. And reading takes ages anyway.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
Like its source novel, the film is captivating as long as it sticks to literalizing its we're-all-in-the-same-boat notion of man's relationship to the animal kingdom; its less persuasive when it insists that its message may cause us to 'believe in God.'
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
An absolute wonder to behold.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
The effect is constantly dazzling and even breathtaking, and had Lee managed to truly merge the spiritual and the visceral, it might very well have been his masterpiece.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
At the peak of its power, Ang Lee's highly anticipated adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling book feels like the cinematic equivalent of touching God.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
It's about the circle of coexistence, but in the end, it circles around to leave you wondering what, exactly, you're supposed to think about what you've just seen.
Neil Pond - American Profile
An intriguing and inspiring adventure
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Such a fabulously beautiful -- and faithful -- vision of Martel's novel one wonders how anyone could ever have thought the source material unsuitable for the big screen.
Miles Fielder - The List
A stunningly gorgeous adventure drama with a rich spiritual subtext.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Taiwanese director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) poses intriguing philosophical questions while also providing some of the finest eye candy in recent memory.
Dan Lybarger - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Ang Lee has created a truly adult adventure, not because the material is salacious or violent, but because it deals with complex themes of spirituality and self-discovery in the guise of an accessible and engrossing fantasy.
Dan Kaufman - Paste Magazine
... a compelling, allegorical adventure, spectacular CG creation of the Bengal Tiger; one of the best films of the year.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Before it reaches its deflated last quarter, the film is exciting enough to stand alone as a rousing sea adventure with splendid effects work. Maybe we should let it go at that.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A mash up of fable, religious allegory, visual 3D feast, Animal Planet special, drama and comedy
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
An amazingly beautifully photographed film that also has a twist that makes you discuss it for days after viewing.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The movie's best moments are as good as anything has been all year.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A film both wonderful and frustrating -- and about in equal measure.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A thought-provoking religious parable. Profound, haunting and beautifully made.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Didn't convince me to believe in God, but it did make me believe in the power of cinema.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
It's got amazing visuals and a handful of really great moments, but ultimately it just doesn't hold together.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
a visual feast, well acted and with very fine use of 3D, but the story itself does not reach profundity and instead seems flat and a little pretentious.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Even during Pi's bleakest moments lost at sea, Lee's artistry gives us something at which to marvel
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
This thought-provoking tale of survival on the high seas works on a variety of levels, but best of all it is a visual feast -- brimming with wondrous, memorable images.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Although not adding substantially to the written story, the film is an excellent screen treatment of one of the most fantastic tales ever told.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
It was The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling who promised to whisk viewers to "a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land of imagination." Yet here's Ang Lee stealthily co-opting that claim for Life of Pi.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Director Ang Lee's deft hand at the helm (with, of course, his outstanding behind the camera crew) makes for an original fantasy that is actually two stories in one. In the end, you decide which is true.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
A riot of saturated colour and delirious imagination, Ang Lee's adap radiates spirituality. But it's also a simple, thrilling and gently uplifting tale of a boy, a boat and a tiger.
Matt Mueller - Total Film
A much-admired novel becomes a magical movie experience
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
On the surface, Life of Pi is a basic story, but deeper into the film, it's got a lot to say.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Start with adjectives. Original. Stunning. Mesmerizing. Mind boggling. There are more, but you get the picture.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Life of Pi is not a shaggy-tiger story. It is a tale of tantalizing imagination.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Containing, hands down, the best CG ever in a modern Hollywood film, Lee brings the complicated, some said un-filmable story to life in dazzling, photorealistic terms.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Maybe Life of Pi isn't entirely unfilmable, but Lee wasn't quite able to conquer it.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The mixture of real animals and their digital corollaries is very nearly seamless, and the tiger's performance almost makes you wish there was an Oscar category for animal wrangling.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
The lush 3D cinematography and seamless visual effects combine to create an abundance of powerful imagery, some of which feels more driven by spectacle than substance.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
It has been a long time since a movie has lingered with me as long as Life of Pi, a strikingly beautiful parable about strength, survival and spirituality.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Life of Pi is pleasantly satisfying. With a heartfelt message, beautiful visuals, and stunning camera work, Life of Pi is truly a sight to behold and illustrates how essential 3D can be to a film that isn't a summer blockbuster.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Most admirably, Life of Pi resists turning its remarkably realistic, digitally created feline into a friend or pet.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
Director Ang Lee has crafted an imaginative tale in which he takes viewers on an amazing journey, while we simultaneously question our perception of reality.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
So beautiful I forgive its pop theology-hooey.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
A well-crafted and intelligent feel-good survivalist film that struggles to survive its obsessive religious God theme.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Serving up 2012's single most awe-inspiring stanza of cinema, Ang Lee's Life of Pi is a thing of beauty - a gorgeously presented piece of art.
Erick Weber - NECN
It's a beautifully crafted, and spiritually satisfying tall tale. This is one of the year's best films, and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves cinema.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
A movie that can't be dismissed because there is too much in it but can't be embraced because it's all spread too thin.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Life of Pi proves to have the heart of a small art film with the big aspirations of a major blockbuster. And on the big screen, there's nothing else quite like it.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
This transcendent fable carries a real sting in its tail. Ang Lee has made a bold and wondrous movie, one of his best.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Life of Pi effortlessly blends spiritualism with realism and serves up a pungent mix of live-action and animation so carefully rendered, you will constantly ask yourself, How did they get a tiger to do that?
Richard Parker is something else, a technological trick and an enduring figment, an idea that can't exist and must exist.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Don't wait for Netflix. Life of Pi demands to be seen on the biggest screen you can find.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
'Life of Pi' offers a phantasmagoria, lulling us into a kind of dream-state where reality and imagination blur in the most beguiling way
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Like that other "unfilmable" novel, Cloud Atlas, it has, of course, been turned into a movie -- with rather happier results.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
As a master of filming the unfilmable, Ang Lee has wrought another masterful drama out of a difficult source.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
The sense of wonder, the ability to believe the impossible because artists dreamed it into form so beautifully and powerfully, is always present.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Sublime filmmaking from an artist at the top of his game
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
More than just a rip-roaring boy's adventure. Much more, unfortunately.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
You will not see a better-looking film this year. But you will undoubtedly see better films.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
He doesn't just give the image a third dimension; he gives the whole film a sense of wondrous depth. It is as though Lee is painting the film as you watch it.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Gorgeously photographed and filled with first-rate special effects, Life of Pi is a wonderfully unique and special film. The 3D represents a new gold standard.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
If I didn't come out of Life of Pi believing in God, I did leave the theater believing in the power of a great ending to improve an otherwise average movie.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
It's a contrived premise but if you buy into the contrivances it turns into a riveting story.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
The only way to truly enjoy Life of Pi is by bringing a pumpkin pie with you to the movie theater.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
"Life of Pi" is a mesmerizing, breathtaking piece of filmmaking.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It's more compelling to focus on Lee's visceral cinematic experience than on the larger, fuzzier messages Martel's story conveys about humanity's connection with God.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Lee's adventure is marvelous to behold.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
An occasionally gripping, fascinating, mesmerizing and even emotionally moving film. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Life of Pi stands as an applaudable achievement for Ang Lee, Suraj Sharma, the 3D format and the technical artists who created Richard Parker.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
...a monumental technical achievement which satisfies as an astonishing adventure but fails to achieve deeper meaning.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
"Life of Pi" is a graceful picture and does what movies do best: it tells a great story and shows a piece of our world with clear, wide-open eyes.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
No matter what the movie's virtues, Life of Pi ultimately drowns in its false aspirations.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The film's resplendent images create a modern-day fable that reaches out to the unknown.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
I'm going to use the M word. Here it comes: Life of Pi is magical! Catch it in 3-D if you can.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
In the hands of Ang Lee, a true film artist, Life of Pi elegantly walks Martel's philosophical line while also brilliantly using every modern cinematic tool to spin an epic yarn.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Going into a religious allegory like Life of Pi, you expect an abundance of meerkats, and Life of Pi, sadly, has only a moderate amount of meerkats.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
Lee captures both the harrowing realities of Pi's survival tale and the moments of wonder when Pi experiences the ocean's harsh beauty.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Beautiful, emotional, intense story of faith and friendship.
Betsy Bozdech - Common Sense Media
A wonderfully satisfying cinematic journey built upon big ideas -- and timely ones, too, delivering a message of understanding in this frustrating age of great intolerance.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
An engaging and exciting tale and a magnificent achievement of visual storytelling that will likely be held up as a model for what can be achieved through the marriage of imagination and technology.
Matthew Odam - Austin American-Statesman
Ends up feeling like something to be admired more for its ambition than its accomplishment.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Ang Lee's exquisitely beautiful fairy tale story of an Indian boy shipwrecked with a Bengal tiger, and their journey home.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Lee's movie is a grand gesture of filmmaking pushed to its furthest technical edges, but hemmed in and confined by its fidelity to words on a page.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
An adventure yarn that is gloriously old-fashioned - and often just glorious.
Bob Mondello - NPR
The limp narrative about a Tamil boy and a (Tamil?) Tiger is buoyed by glorious 3D-enhanced visuals and anchored by its meditations on religion and neo-colonialism.
Radheyan Simonpillai - Fresh and Frowsy
Built around a revelation and thematic punchline that is such specious nonsense that nothing else it says or does or shows us really matters.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The movie works on a bedrock level that many ostensible action films forget.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Technology and transcendence may sometimes be at war, but in Life of Pi, Ang Lee's spectacular take on the popular Yann Martel novel, they instead make for graceful dance partners.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
"Life of Pi" is an absolutely gorgeous movie, aglow with color and filled with wraparound 3-D effects.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
"Life of Pi" is as enchanting as it is ambitious.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
From the CGI to the subject matter, the film contains several layers of fiction, but regardless of your level of belief, "Life of Pi" always feels true.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
It is a story for which its elements are remarkably defined, underlined, and presented as lesson for you to learn. It features such striking imagery and yet it tells so much more than it shows.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Director Ang Lee delivers a gracefully realized, visually gorgeous, and emotionally powerful film.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
The film ... will make you firmly believe in the power of movies.
Kent Turner - School Library Journal
Full of 3D wonders, but in the end no more than an easygoing, unchallenging adventure movie. Ang Lee is a master whose films can be emotionally powerful; Life of Pi isn't.
Caryn James - James on screenS
Life of Pi doesn't live up to its own external or diegetic hype, but it offers a pleasant and thought-provoking fable about the nature of faith, brought to life by some truly amazing visuals.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
A profound, awe-inspiring and spellbinding coming-of-age adventure that will leave you breathless.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
However wishy-washy the story's theology may sometimes be, Lee's mastery of imagery is superb, as he effortlessly shows off what technology means in the hands of a true artist.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A visual masterpiece that suffers from a few slight narrative flaws.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
It is an incredibly pretty film, and almost all of it was conjured via effects or animation... But the thing about special effects, even beautiful ones, is that they tend to call attention to themselves.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
One of the year's most gripping dramas, a visual wonderstruck with an emotional chord that reverberates far beyond the awesome imagery.
Visually, thematically, intellectually - there is nothing sharp about this picture.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Ang Lee, in his best work since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, makes 3-D integral to the storytelling in this miracle of a film.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Ultimately becomes a heavy story that's deceptively shallow.
Matt Pais - RedEye
"Life of Pi" is a magical mystery tour.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In Ang Lee's hands, a seemingly unfilmable fairy tale/parable comes to life.
Lee's use of 3D -- the best since Hugo -- proves that while the format is pushed for the money, it's meant for the masters.
David Ehrlich - Movies.com
... I found it to be a heart-breaking experience to see this much good work used in service of a story that is, ultimately, nothing but empty calories, a spiritual shell game.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
An astounding theatrical experience.
Jack Giroux - Film School Rejects
It's a movie cinema lovers can rally behind and gawk at forever.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
If the religious discussions in David Magee's script occasionally seem contrived, they're also quite sincere.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
Modern technology can have a soul as it turns out; provided it is in the capable hands of a man telling a story in which we can somehow see a reflection of ourselves.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
It is nothing short of jaw dropping what the audience is treated to on-screen, and the 3D element works well the some of the most incredible images ever seen in movies.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Ang Lee's mounting of the best selling novel is an awesome movie event: a loving interpretation of the mystical story as well as a jaw dropping, how'd-they-do-that visual feat.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Besides the brilliant use of artifice in evidence here, the real-flesh-and-blood lead performer Suraj Sharma, in his first role at the age of 17, is indispensable to the film's success.
Howard Feinstein - Screen International
A superb, visually enthralling technical achievement, if somewhat parched dramatically.
David Noh - Film Journal International
The film is transcendent.
With "Life of Pi," Lee outdoes himself visually, without a doubt setting a new standard for 3-D, a technology Hollywood has mostly abused with crass recklessness.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
As much as I hate a lot of the writing, it's a movie you've got to see on the big screen.
Alonso Duralde - What the Flick?!
Crouching tiger, hidden Siegfried! (sans Roy)
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Astounding and awesome, it's not only one of the best of the year but also must be seen in 3-D on as big a screen as possible.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Animatronic photography is so incredible that five-year-olds might be scared and adults will be riveted.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A boy, a tiger and a life raft = Fred's dream movie.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
A gorgeous adaptation. Ang Lee's visuals are amazing-and it has some of the best 3D I've ever seen.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Conceived from the start as the director's first 3D venture, 'Pi' is among the rare ones that integrate the expensive process instead of simply showing off or scaring.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
[VIDEO ESSAY] Ang Lee orchestrates the film's demanding visual, emotional, and thematic elements as a true maestro conducting with a carefully honed sense of dynamics.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Beneath everything, the heart of the story - the boy, the boat, and the tiger - manages to outshine the movie's desperate desire to be great.
Zeba Blay - Digital Spy
Technically adept, mildly engaging and thematically pedantic
Vadim Rizov - Boxoffice Magazine
The second act shifts the film from a lazy and comfy litany of introductions to a riveting fantasia of pure cinema.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
Hollywood has been waiting for this movie. Get ready for the year of the Tiger.
A manipulative faith-based tall tale intimating the question, can the bells and whistles of a Hollywood movie make you believe in God? Time to put out a call for the separation of Church and Hollywood. The Verdict: Richard Parker, you're no Moby Dick.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
After making the disappointing Taking Woodstock, the versatile Ang Lee is back on terra firma with this enchanting fable of a shipwrecked adolescent and a tiger, which bears the markings of a great film but falls short of masterpiece.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A visually stunning and powerful drama that teaches us much about faith.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Depicts the book's grand ideas with unexpected tenderness.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com