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Life of Pi

Action . Drama . Adventure . Fantasy

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Actors: Jun Naito , James Saito , Gérard Depardieu , Rafe Spall , Tabu , Adil Hussain , Gautam Belur , Ayush Tandon , Irrfan Khan , Suraj Sharma
Directors: Ang Lee
Country: USA , TAIWAN , UK
Release: 2012-11-21
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  • Olly Richards

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Matt Mueller

    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. Take the plunge.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Is it real? Is this whole story real? I refuse to ask that question. Life of Pi is all real, second by second and minute by minute, and what it finally amounts to is left for every viewer to decide. I have decided it is one of the best films of the year.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Pi has designed his own terrarium to keep from staring directly into the abyss. It's not denial. It's faith in something else: the transformative power of storytelling. The film is transcendent.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Pi is a giant leap forward, outward and upward in expanding the resources of the evolving medium of movies. Magical realism was rarely so magical and never before so real.

    Time Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Meticulous care is evident in every aspect of the film. All three actors playing Pi are outstanding.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Never has 3-D illusion been used to such pure storytelling effect.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The larger messages about spirituality often seem forced, and 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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Deeply resonant and soulful, Life Of Pi, is a harrowing journey of survival, self-discovery and connection that both inspires and awes in equal measure.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    This exquisitely beautiful adaptation of Yann Martel's castaway saga has a sui generis quality that's never less than beguiling, even if its fable-like construction and impeccable artistry come up a bit short in terms of truly gripping, elemental drama.

    Variety Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Life of Pi works seamlessly on two levels. With grace, imagination and stunning visual acuity, it explores Martel's twin themes of faith and the power of storytelling. It's also a thrilling action adventure.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    A spectacular high-seas epic that employs technology brilliantly and underscores the power of a vividly told story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    A character in Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi" tells us this will be a story to make us believe in God. The film version written by David Magee and directed by Ang Lee may do that – you'll decide for yourself – but it will definitely make you believe in the power of cinema.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    As enchanting as it is ambitious.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Lee uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a poet. You don't just watch this movie, you live it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Lee's bigger theme isn't God or survival, but the awesome adventure of making the imaginary visible, the adventure of making movies.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    In its finer moments, however, Lee translates the book's wondrous prose into grand visual conceits meant for the big screen. Posited as a story that "will make you believe in god," instead it has the power to confirm one's faith in the cinematic experience.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    The script I did question; it takes awhile to get going, and it feels strangely flat at the very end. But in between, Lee is very skillfully employing cinema's most advanced digital techniques in the service of an adventure yarn that is gloriously old-fashioned - and often just glorious.

    NPR Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The result is a movie built upon big ideas -- and timely ones, too, delivering a message of understanding in this frustrating age of great intolerance -- but also a great story and, thanks to Lee, a wonderfully satisfying cinematic journey.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The look of the film is jaw-dropping at times, beautiful to behold. If the story... can't quite keep pace with the look of the film (and, alas, it can't) it will take you awhile to notice.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The movie works on a bedrock level that many ostensible action films forget. Let New Age viewers in your crowd get misty-eyed - there's plenty here for anyone.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Tom Shone

    Hollywood has been waiting for this movie. Get ready for the year of the Tiger.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    It proves the power of a good story, both to entertain us and to allow us to process unpleasant truths.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Much as I was moved by the film, I have one reservation and one warning. The framing device of the older Pi recounting his story to the author (which worked so well in Martel's novel) is intrusive and significantly detracts from the story.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Lee may, in the end, be too balanced a filmmaker to give Life of Pi the extra spin of lyric delirium it sorely needs. It's a sane movie about an essentially deranged situation.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Even at his best, Sharma doesn't have sufficient acting chops - or enough Hanks-like charisma - to hold the screen alone for more than 70 minutes with the CGI Richard Parker (as well as a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a rat who quickly become food for the ravenous tiger).

    New York Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Life of Pi is a curious juxtaposition of the mundane and the majestic; a film that strives for something grander than what it perhaps achieves.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Life of Pi is spellbinding while it lasts. Lee's film can be appreciated as many things -- a post-Darwinian meditation on coexistence as the key to survival, a reflection on the spiritual nature of suffering and transcendence, a beguiling bait-and-switch on the vagaries of belief itself.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Reducing Life of Pi to a homily does it a disservice. Lee gives the framing story short shrift and concentrates on visualizing the inner tale with as much detail and power as possible.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    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.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    The second act shifts the film from a lazy and comfy litany of introductions to a riveting fantasia of pure cinema, wherein Lee paints an oft-wordless picture of nature's harshness and grace, the perfect arena for Pi to have a Christ-like coming of age.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Life of Pi, ironically, soars when it confines itself to land and sea; when it grasps for the celestial, the film goes beyond its reach.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    The story of Pi and Richard Parker already has the clean simplicity of a myth and really doesn't require significant elaboration, but following in the footsteps of the source material, the film provides elaboration anyway, demonstrating a condescension to the audience that dulls the spectacle it punctuates.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    Ang Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's mega-selling novel Life Of Pi is technically adept, mildly engaging and thematically pedantic.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    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. The ending's pious dullness is enough to make you wish you were back on that lifeboat, where the most pressing questions weren't spiritual but gastronomic: What's on the menu for lunch, and what can I do to make sure it isn't me?

    Slate Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's a slow-moving fable, with enough story and substance to make for one amazing Imax short. Instead the material is stretched beyond its limits into a long, repetitive and often stagnant 127-minute feature film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    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. Full Review
  • Nick Schager

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

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Denby

    Life of Pi, at its best, celebrates the idiosyncratic wonders and dangers of raw, ravaging nature, and Lee wrings more than enough meaning from the excitement of that spectacle; we need nothing higher. [26 Nov.2012, p.86]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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