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: March 22, 1991
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% 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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Albert Brooks' best movie...

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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Priceless comedy with a message-rich heart, mild swearing.

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Bill Clark

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

Baltimore Sun

Albert Brooks doesn't make many films, but those he does make are always welcome.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It could have just as easily been set in Dr. Freud's office, with his patient spilling his guts out on the couch.

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Widgett Walls

A sweet, mildly profound romantic comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% 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.