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The Book of Life

Romance . Animation . Adventure . Comedy . Family . Fantasy

The journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

Actors: Diego Luna , Channing Tatum , Zoe Saldana , Christina Applegate , Eugenio Derbez , Cheech Marin , Gabriel Iglesias , Ron Perlman , Kate del Castillo , Ana de la Reguera
Directors: Jorge R. Gutiérrez
Country: USA
Release: 2014-10-17
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  • Marc Snetiker

    Overflowing with hyperactive charm and a spectacular sea of colors, it showcases some of the most breathtaking animation we've seen this decade.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    The Book of Life bedazzles your eyes and buoys your spirits as it treads upon themes most commonly associated with the macabre universe of Tim Burton. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A Mexican-accented kids’ cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling it almost reinvents the art form. As pretty as a just-punctured pinata, endlessly inventive, warm and traditional, it serves up Mexican culture in a riot of Mexican colors and mariachi-flavored music.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    The Book of Life manages to be genuinely surprising and engrossing.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The Book Of Life may play by the rules when it comes to story, but it plays its own game when it comes to how it looks, and in the world of animated family films, that's what really counts.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    With everything it's doing all over again, The Book of Life often finds fresh ways to do it. That's all it takes.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Trevor Johnston

    It’s hugely entertaining.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It’s a potentially grisly setup, but the actual movie makes death look downright fun.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The film, directed and co-written by Jorge R. Gutierrez, is a visually stunning, funny movie that trusts children to deal with subject matter that many films don't: specifically, death.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    For a kiddie flick, The Book of Life pushes boundaries, as the topic of death is undeniably front and center. But like Mexico’s Day of the Dead, the movie enjoyably, and successfully, mixes the macabre with the celebratory.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Book of Life represents Guillermo del Toro's most hands-on foray (to date) into the realm of family friendly entertainment; this is closer in tone and sensibility to one of Tim Burton's offbeat animated films than one of Pixar's more "vanilla" productions.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Laura Emerick

    The Book of Life is a delight. In an animated universe cluttered with kung-fu pandas, ice princesses and video-game heroes, Gutierrez and del Toro have conjured up an original vision.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Ordona

    There are no great surprises, no shocking reveals (except to the characters themselves). But there’s so much to appreciate along the way that it’s a real page-turner.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The Book of Life may use state-of-the-art animation, but it derives its strength from the wisdom of antiquity. It only looks new, but it’s as old as life (and death) itself.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    It’s all flawed, and distracted, and conceptually messy, prioritizing color over common sense and energy over consistency. But as an afternoon’s diversion for a handful of misbehaving kids—both within the movie, and within the movie theater—it’s authentically winning.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    The Book of Life is a visually stunning effort that makes up for its formulaic storyline with an enchanting atmosphere that sweeps you into its fantastical world, or in this case, three worlds.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    The Book of Life is undoubtedly stuffed with more business than its fleet, kid-friendly running time can properly handle. Yet Gutierrez’s confident delivery of the material remains so buoyant and passionately felt throughout that he almost gets away with it.

    Variety Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    The characters move around in a thoroughly realized universe full of imaginative and beautifully rendered detail. Too bad the rest of it isn’t more interesting.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    While the story is not as mythic or fanciful as it seeks to be, its predictability is trumped by the film's beauty.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    A flawed but intriguing new chapter in animation.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    The gleefully Gothic fingerprints of Guillermo del Toro are all over this zippy excursion into Mexico's myths and legends, although the gag-count falls quite a lot short of Pixar greatness.

    Empire Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    This often beautiful and too-often moribund, if exhaustingly frenetic, feature tends to be less energetic than the dead people waltzing through it.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Visually arresting but dramatically rote, The Book of Life at least introduces American kids to the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos and should score points with families looking for kid-friendly movies that reflect aspects of their Mexican cultural heritage.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Just in time for Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday comes this gloriously colorful animated musical, which almost (but not quite) makes up in visuals what it lacks in snappy dialogue.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    Jorge R. Gutierrez subsumes the film's darker themes in a relentlessly busy farrago of predictable kids'-movie tropes and annoying attempts at hipness.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Charles Solomon

    The Book of Life juxtaposes overwrought visual imagery with an undernourished, familiar story.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    The film's rote right-makes-might fantasy wouldn't be so obnoxious if pandering to the lowest common denominator wasn't its default mode.

    Village Voice Full Review
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