Defending Your Life
Defending Your Life (1991)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending.

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Bill Clark

An underrated gem that explores the long-term consequences of our everyday actions.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Interminable, typical Albert Brooks

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This is definitely Brooks's day in court, and he makes comic heaven of it.

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Widgett Walls

A sweet, mildly profound romantic comedy.

Scott Weinberg

One of Brooks' warmest and wittiest projects. Nice to see such a soft side of Streep.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

It just gives us a satisfying idea of what life's really about, while remaining a smart comedy with an edge.

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Stephen Farber

This is a comedy that has something on its mind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
A sweet fantasy into a weigh-station where the departed make cases for whether they lived fearless lives, and after judgment, they move onto greener, more… More
jay nixon
Funny if erratic comedy, Lee Grant and Rip Torn make great adversaries.
Dan Schultz
An imaginative, hilarious look at an ad-man (Albert Brooks) killed in a car accident and sent to a purgatory-type afterlife, where he awaits judgment concerning… More
Jason Spencer
I think this is a pretty funny flick and the cast works great in it.
Aaron Neuwirth
Daniel Miller: Why do you drive this? Jeep Owner: What? Daniel Miller: I'm curious. I see people driving these things. What do you know that I don't?… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
It's not how I expected the afterlife to be whatsoever. Albert Brooks makes himself the center of this lighthearted romantic comedy drama. It feels cheap.