Life of Pi
Life of Pi (2012)

Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A 3D adaptation of a supposedly "unfilmable" book, Ang Lee's Life of Pi achieves the near impossible -- it's an astonishing technical achievement that's also emotionally rewarding.

David Thomson
The New Republic

Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.

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James Berardinelli

There's an audience out there for this movie, but the question is whether they will find it.

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Alice Tynan
The Big Issue (Australia)

Stunning visuals and a bravura performance from newcomer Suraj Sharma as the young protagonist make Life of Pi a quest destined to impress.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Flawed, yes, but marvellously ambitious, and unforgettably gorgeous to look at.

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Dana Stevens

The movie's energy peters out in a series of book-club conversations about divine will, the power of storytelling, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

'Life of Pi' is a sort of mash-up of 'We Bought a Zoo,' 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' and 'Castaway.' It's an enchanting coming-of-age story, and an oceanic vision quest.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A movie that can't be dismissed because there is too much in it but can't be embraced because it's all spread too thin.

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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups

Gerard Depardieu gets the most oversold star billing since Marlon Brando was Superman's absentee father. Depardieu looms over less than a minute of screen time. Not that we miss him when he's gone; we just wonder why he was there in the first place.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
zach letts
Beautiful... Just beautiful. Ang Lee brings to life one of my favorite books and does it with such passion and determination. This adaptation, thought to be… More
Spencer S.
A great undertaking for director Ang Lee, this adaptation of the 2001 novel from Yann Martel asks about the entire world, but only gives murky answers. It… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
Honestly, I read the book long ago before I watch this movie and when I heard that 'Life of Pi' will be made into a movie my question were : how can a… More
Cynthia S.
Very imaginative story, with plenty of (maybe a little too much) computerized imagery, and a fine performance by Suraj Sharma. Entertaining with a definitively… More
Albert Kim
An incredibly captivating story of the titular character, Pi, that ingeniously thrusts audiences so closely with the main message of the movie. I don't… More
Alexis Nomm
Probably one of my favorite movies now. I guess it's a lot like the story of Job, every bad thing that could happen to Pi.. but it all works out. I chose… More