Life Itself

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USA | 2014 | 120 Minutes | Steve James

September 8, 2014

Documentary master Steve James recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. From his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America, Ebert's story is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent.

Ebert once described the cinema as "a machine that generates empathy." Watching James's lovely film, you know exactly what he means. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

A beautifully paced tribute to a life well-lived. – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived -- right up to the very last moment. – Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times

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, New Yorker

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, largely in Ebert's own words. – Scott Foundas, Variety

  • Director: Steve James
  • Principal Cast: Roger Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Errol Morris
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 120 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Rating: R
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures