Life (1999)

Comedians Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence team up for a story that wouldn't appear to have many immediate humorous possibilities -- two men serving life sentences in prison for a crime they did not commit. Life opens in Harlem in 1932,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 16, 1999
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Entertaining if not over-the-top humor from a solid comic duo provides plenty of laughs.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

An unexpectedly moving surprise!

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Life desperately wants to let Murphy and Lawrence be actors, but it can't imagine them as anything more than rowdy showmen.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Life is a surprise that not only avoids typical trappings, but throws in a tinge of the bittersweet as well.

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Todd McCarthy

Lively, packed with colorful characters and spiked with outbursts of outrageous banter!

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Ribald, funny and sometimes sweet, and well acted by Murphy, Lawrence and a strong supporting cast.

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Rob Gonsalves

Murphy and Lawrence never quite move beyond shtick.

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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz

Ambitious, enjoyable.

Sean P. Means

Life plays more like This Is Your Life for Eddie Murphy, cobbling together elements from his earlier, funnier movies.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Não há atuação que resista a um roteiro fraco como o deste filme.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
The film is difficult to hone in as a comedy or drama. Despite its obvious flaws Life still is tightly held by the dynamic performances and chemistry of Eddie… More
Directors Cat
Life is a much under rated comedy film. Something you wouldn't really expect from murphy and lawrence is a film as depressing as this is. Its well acted… More
Clintus Maximus
If you go to the movies to be entertained, it doesn't get much better than this. It certainly is no serious take on a subject that would be all-too serious… More
Spencer S.
It wasn't especially funny, or dramatic, and the entire angle on becoming the next Shawshank Redemption fell through entirely. The very poster is trying to… More
Kevin M. Williams
Typical, if better-than-average, buddy movie about a pair of would-be bootleggers framed for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The stars carry the… More
A.D. Villarreal
It's humor is erratic and maybe a little too long but it's still a damn sight better than any of that Nutty Doolittle stuff. "Hey, girl! You… More