The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

The often-troubled life of one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema provides the basis for this biopic. Peter Sellers (Geoffrey Rush) was raised by a domineering mother (Miriam Margolyes) and meek father (Peter… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

We get movie scenes within movie scenes, and Rush as Sellers breaking character to become Sellers' mom or Edwards, commenting on Sellers, and it all draws too much attention to itself.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It has all of the ingredients to be a cunning interrogation of the form of a biopic, [or] a listless, unenjoyably prescriptive embodiment of the same, and it is in the end neither.

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Rob Gonsalves

As a showcase for Geoffrey Rush, though, Life and Death is more than worthwhile.

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Todd McCarthy

Sustains interest most of the way, but combination of an unsympathetic central figure and patchy recreation of events involving numerous famous people makes for an ambitiously told life story that finally doesn't cut it.

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

"There was no real Peter Sellers"... As a theme, it smells of the tired cop-out, somewhere in the same clubhouse of desiccated phrases as "I love you, but I'm not in love with you" and "In a crazy world, only the mad people are sane."

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Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

flawed but buscinating tribute

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

While In Competition entry The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a wonderfully entertaining film, the one thing that's missing is Sellers' singular ability to be hilarious.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very good biographical picture of a human being who made people laugh, but could never find the humor in his own life.

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Jimmy O
Film Snobs

A great impressionistic piece about an actor's fantasy becoming their reality. Director Hopkins really makes an exciting leap of faith.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
fairly solid, entertaining biopic, felt like the HBO product it was, perhaps slightly constrained budget-wise - nice performance by Geoff Rush
Daniel Mumby
It was always going to be difficult to make a film about the life of Peter Sellers. The man was an immensely complicated personality who claimed to have no… More
Alex roy
Effective, captivating biopic on Peter Sellers, I thought that the film was superbly acted and directed, and it ranks among the finest biopics that I have seen.… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Never judge a man by his cover."</i> The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector… More
Lucas Martins
A shocking and sad movie to Peter Sellers' fans.
Film Crazy
geoffrey rush plays this part brilliantly and i really good insight into peter sellers and is really a good film especially if your a fan of peter selers or… More