Defending Your Life
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Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars in this philosophical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case for himself in the afterlife. When advertising executive Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks) finds himself in a fatal car crash minutes after taking delivery on a new BMW, he's whisked away to Judgment City, where the recently dead are put on a sort of trial to decide their fate. If in your time on Earth you were able to face your fears and learn from your mistakes, you get to move on to a life in a better world. However, if you didn't, you have to go back to Earth and try… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An underrated gem that explores the long-term consequences of our everyday actions."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Interminable, typical Albert Brooks"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...mild, amiable, laid-back ribbing....witty and insightful."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Hands-down my favorite Brooks (Albert) movie."
‑ Christopher Null,
"This is definitely Brooks's day in court, and he makes comic heaven of it."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A sweet, mildly profound romantic comedy."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"One of Brooks' warmest and wittiest projects. Nice to see such a soft side of Streep."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Witty writing and fine performances by the ensemble cast make Defending Your Life into a total delight."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"With Defending Your Life, Brooks has made his best, most fully realized film, a hysterical look at the afterlife."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Though visually impressive, the film shows problems with tonality, which veers from outright comedy to earnest therapy session--the "seize the day" lesson is not strong enough for a full-length picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It just gives us a satisfying idea of what life's really about, while remaining a smart comedy with an edge."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"This is a comedy that has something on its mind."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"One of the funniest and most clever comedies that I've seen released this decade."
‑ Ted Prigge,
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