A Life Less Ordinary
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The acclaimed Trainspotting trio (director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, scripter John Hodge) reunited for this update of '30s screwball comedies and '40s fantasies, such as Here Comes Mr. Jordan(1941), Angel on My Shoulder(1946), Down to Earth(1947), and the 1946 Stairway to Heaven (co-directed by Macdonald's grandfather, Emeric Pressburger). Tossed together for $12 million, the result is a combination salad, a surreal salmagundi with an added animated sequence for lagniappe. In Heaven, Gabriel (Dan Hedaya) sends angels O'Reilly (Holly Hunter) and Jackson (Delroy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It combines romance, comedy, the supernatural, violence, whimsy and music in a unique way."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Impressive ambitions that fail at every turn. Ewan's really quite uncharacteristically dreadful."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Life may be messy, but it's usually entertaining."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Isn't as much fun as it ought to be, or even as much fun as it sounds in the retelling."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"A more appropriate moniker would be A Movie More Misguided."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Any movie featuring Holly Hunter as a blood-spattered angel, grinning homicidally as she clings to the hood of a speeding car, is just about impossible to dislike."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Really clever fantasy romance. Great style and great humor."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"A madcap comedy about soulmates."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A failed experiment. For hardcore fans only."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A Coen-esque screwball."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Part fantasy-adventure, part musical, part nutty romance and part boy-girl crime spree."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Interesting storyline, great performances, and much better than the average romantic comedy."
‑ Rebecca Murray, About.com
"little more than a string of set-pieces... (but) the movie looks and sounds fabulous, thanks to Boyle's sharp eye and a soundtrack featuring everyone from Underworld to Elvis."
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
"Run. Run away."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"A Life Less Ordinary is exactly that. Ordinary would have been an improvement."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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