Life (2017)

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 24, 2017
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2017
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Life is just thrilling, well-acted, and capably filmed enough to overcome an overall inability to add new wrinkles to the trapped-in-space genre.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

The movie reduces its fear factor to simple suspense that's not insignificant but is pretty insubstantial.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Life has cool effects, real suspense and a sweet twist. It ain't rocket science, but it does what it does well -- even, one might say, with a kind of genius.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

[A] don't-call-it-"Alien" alien movie that is long on ambition, but short on logic that repeatedly picks and tears at the story's flow and distracts from the better aspects of production design and sound.

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James Berardinelli

Those who have seen Alien will have a pretty good idea what's coming, at least to a point. Once things reach that point, however, all bets are off.

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Emily Yoshida
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's Alien for short attention spans, Arrival for non-pacifists, with some remnant of ambition toward something headier. On that count, it falls short, but as a final-girl structured horror film, it has plenty of imaginative moments.

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Kaori Shoji
Japan Times

Overall, the film does what it sets out to do: spill blood and guts with abandon, gleefully entrap and torture its characters and delight in building the kind of tense claustrophobia that induces a cold sweat.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Here is a story that knows how to put the nihilism in the vast nothingness of space. If you're into that sort of thing.

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Brian Lowry

Life... a taut, suspenseful thriller that's more enjoyable the less you think about it.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

Daniel Espinosa's Life is little more than a lazily-written creature feature that fails to elicit thrills thanks to its characters of low intelligence and the laughable design of its CGI antagonist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
If you've seen "Alien", you've pretty much seen "Life". Still, it's got a heck of an ending and it seems a bit more… More
Mark Hobin
Life is an intense, heart-pounding saga that never lets up. The production design is dazzling. The opening scene, an uninterrupted nearly 7-minute take, is a… More
Kevin M. Williams
Waiting for a good sci-fi anymore gets to be like waiting for a cup of water in hell. And this film is not going to allieviate the thirst. Why? Because, instead… More
Gimly M.
Life may not be doing anything new, but it's doing it better than similar services of late.
KJ Proulx
It seems as though the science fiction genre has run its course nowadays. Aside from Ridley Scott returning to the Alien franchise or great thought-provoking… More
Shawn Montague
Just watched "Life" Don't let the hype and the star cast fool you. all you're in for is lazy acting and a predictable plot cloned from… More