Life Itself

Lists: Documentary, Film Quest 2016

Brief Synopsis: "Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. The film details his early days as a freewheeling bachelor and Pulitzer Prize winner, his famously contentious partnership with Gene Siskel, his life-altering marriage, and his brave and transcendent battle with cancer."

Overall Ranking: 392 (Rank from 2014: # 14)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 45.45%
Regular 54.55%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Sober Film Critic James Brown97 - Life Itself is a machine of empathy about the life and times of Roger Ebert, a soldier of cinema.
(full review)
Citizen Charlie97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread86(full review)Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 7
Lisa Marie Bowman85 - Touching and thought-provoking
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
ClairestBearest Reviews80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch80 - The unfettered access of the documentary is unsettling, but that's the point. Still, one can only wonder if it could have gone farther.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 4
Rob from GuysFilmQuest77

People Involved

  • Roger Ebert (Himself)
  • Steve James (Director)