The Book of Life
The Book of Life (1998)

Hal Hartley directed this French comedy about the Second Coming of Christ. While a gambler and a waitress talk with Satan in a hotel bar, Jesus arrives at JFK airport with Magdalena. Jesus has been sent down to end the world by breaking the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 10, 1998
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Davis
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Anything touched by PJ Harvey is bound to be worth the trouble; even better, Hartley has made one of his better, least grating films.

Martin Scribbs
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Jesus-who's-come-again asks Himself soul-searching questions in what might've been called The Lack of Passion of the Christ.

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Jeremy Heilman

Hartley always underplays things, even when the world's about to end.

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John Ballantine
The Book of Life has promise but it doesn't have the full punch of Hartley's other work. An interesting existential film nonetheless.
Anthony Valletta
Interesting low budget existential drama.