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Based on Yann Martel's best-selling novel, Life of Pi follows Suraj Sharma's Pi Patel as he and his family embark on a journey to North America on an enormous cargo ship - with a catastrophic storm sinking said ship and leaving Pi to fight for his life ab
Basically, Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a brilliantly directed and incredibly beautiful film, with amazing special effects and just breathtaking visual. It is also a tedious sermon wrapped up in an agnostic package that will leave viewers clinging to...
I’m going to focus my Blu-ray review of Life of Pi on the one aspect of the movie in that I couldn’t go into detail about in my theatrical review, because it would have constituted a spoiler. By now, with the film available on home video, I’m going to...
Boasting a title that Homer Simpson would decry for false advertising—it’s easy to imagine him hungrily moaning, “Mmm, a life of pie!”—”Life of Pi” is not really about the life of man named Pi.
Computer-generated imagery can have a softness that reduces the movie screen to a vague blur. Colors blend, figures merge, we're not sure where one image begins and another ends. Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, is dominated by this pictorial...
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
“Life of Pi” is one of those lyrical, internalized novels that should have no business working on the screen. Quite possibly, it wouldn’t have worked if anyone but Ang Lee had adapted it.
Life of Pi is proof that, in the hands of a filmmaker who knows what to do with it, 3D can be an indispensable cinematic tool. I often find myself acting as a 3D apologist. Yes, the process is frequently misused and/or used for no valid reason.
Mark Reviews Movies
There is no denying that Life of Pi is a gorgeous movie; it contains images of absolute beauty, both real and fantastical. Director Ang Lee offers both of those elements—reality and fantasy—with such clarity of vision that it becomes impossible to...
Gracefully sidestepping its overreaching, religiously didactic premise — that the unfolding story offers up absolute proof of God — Ang Lee’s lush 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s restrained novel of magical realism is a stunner.
Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma), the son of a zoo keeper in India, relates his fantastic story to a writer (Rafe Spall). Traveling across the Pacific Ocean with his family and the zoo animals toward a new life in Canada, Pi is cast adrift when the freighter is...
Lee’s visually astonishing cinematic fable Life of Pi – based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Yann Martel – creates something of a critical quandary. At least it does for me.
Life of Pi is the dreamlike new drama from director Ang Lee, and it is his best movie since 2005's Brokeback Mountain. Entertaining and visually stunning, the movie manages to execute a novel that many who have read it have declared "unfilmable."
"Life of Pi," Yann Martel's beautiful little book about a young man and the sea and a tiger, has transformed into a big, imposing and often lovely 3-D experience. If the results are less about poetry and wonder than the digital and cinematic...
Eric D. Snider
“Life of Pi” is one of the most gorgeous-looking movies I’ve ever seen, with beautiful live action images blending with CGI to create crisp, dazzling pictures of natural beauty and transcendent wonder. Director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”)...
Monsters and Critics
A remarkable film as original and inspiring and gorgeous as another of Ang Lee’s movies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, it fills the heart and the eye and never reverts to easy saccharin flourishes or platitudes.
Sacramento News & Review
In Life of Pi, director Ang Lee and writer David Magee have produced a brilliant movie in every sense of the word. In the most literal sense—the shimmering, dazzling, ecstatically visual beauty of it—they are aided nearly beyond measure...
Big Picture Big Sound
"Life of Pi", Ang Lee's latest after a hiatus of three years, is hardly a movie that can be said to have been "made". Instead, it draws to mind phrases like "painstakingly crafted" and "stunningly staged". The care that went into this two-hour parable is
Life of Pi is a curious juxtaposition of the mundane and the majestic; a film that strives for something grander than what it perhaps achieves. At times, the simple story - one of spirituality and survival - exudes a quiet, hypnotic power, but there...
Yann Martel's 2001 book, a bestseller that has since morphed into a passionate global cult, concerns an Indian boy trapped for 227 days at sea in a lifeboat with a starving Bengal tiger. How do you transform the literal and metaphorical sides of the...
LIFE OF PI is an adaptation of the popular novel about a young man who is trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. It’s a contrived premise but if you buy into the contrivances it turns into a riveting story. The problem isn’t in the execution.
There is a lot that could go wrong with a big screen adaptation of Life of Pi, the 2001 bestselling novel by Yaan Martel. Which may explain why the story of a young boy stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger — juggling deep themes of religion...
New York Post
Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” is the best-looking film I’ve seen this year, and possibly so far this century. It’s so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate their new TV monitors.
Water is the key element in Ang Lee's Life of Pi, employed by the director to flaunt a grand aesthetic and express grand existential themes. Gloriously rendered, the film best engages the 3D format when stepping into liquid, whether observing a...
The A.V. Club
A central plot point in Life Of Pi—the film adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling book—centers on the philosophical question of whether animals have souls. The title character, a self-possessed Indian boy, believes they do, and that people can tell...
Life of Pi might not make you believe in God, as a character in the film suggests. It does, however, make you believe in the power of story, the way humans use them to explain or overcome trials the world deems necessary to drop us in, one of the many...
Everything looks beautiful in Life of Pi. The dangerous animals look beautiful. The terrible storms look beautiful. The crashing ocean waves, the twinkling stars, the wondrous carnivorous island on which the hero at one point lands — pure gorgeousness...
Despite its widespread popularity and earnest recommendations from friends, I've never picked up Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi. To be frank, the premise of boy and tiger on a lifeboat seemed too simple to be interesting.
In a year when 3-D has added little or nothing to the films it nominally enhanced (does anyone think “Spider-Man” needed an extra dimension?), “Life of Pi” arrives just in time to breathe life and possibility into an otherwise moribund marketing gimmick.
Everybody (including us) has been talking lately about what it took to adapt David Mitchell's upcoming "Cloud Atlas," but a novel that sold literally millions more copies and has taken even longer to get to the big screen is Yann Martel's "Life of Pi,"
Religion and science have long been at war with one another for centuries. But in Ang Lee's soggy survival at sea saga Life Of Pi, they make for exceedingly strange when not bizarre bedfellows.
Life of Pi สร้างจากนิยายผจญภัยของ Yann Martel กำกับโดย Ang Lee ผู้กำกับรางวัลการันตี เป็นเรื่องราวของพาย เด็กหนุ่มชาวอินเดียลูกชายเจ้าของสวนสัตว์ที่อยู่ในแถมอาศัยของชาวฝรั่งเศส เขาเติบโตมาพร้อมกับความสงสัยที่ถูกรายล้อมไปด้วยหลากศาสนา...
BEFORE getting into the guts of this review, allow me to answer the two top questions everyone wants answered about Ang Lee's new film Life of Pi.
It’s been a long, arduous journey through development for Life Of Pi, a process that defeated such directors as M Night Shyamalan, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Alfonso Cuaron. Ang Lee has admitted that even he initially didn’t want to tackle Yann Martel’s...
Ang Lee attempts a Hail Mary pass with his adaptation of Yann Martel’s parable Life of Pi. No one could reasonably suggest the Oscar winning director’s good name has been tarnished in recent years, though his last venture, the misguided Taking...
Life of Pi is one of those books that should, by rights, be unfilmable. Its tale is of an Indian teenager, Pi Patel, who finds himself shipwrecked and stranded in a lifeboat along with the partial contents of his father’s menagerie: a hyena...
To produce a coherent film from Martel’s tricky novel would be achievement enough, but Ang Lee has extracted something beautiful, wise and, at times, miraculous.
Thanks to a brilliantly successful combination of cutting-edge technology (this is the best use of 3D since Avatar) and simple storytelling they will be treated to a touching fable that explores what it means to be alive.
The Sydney Morning Herald
It has taken almost a decade to bring to the big screen and had a clutch of high-profile directors attached, including M. Night Shyamalan and Alfonso Cuaron. Now, armed with the sort of technology his predecessors could only have dreamed of...
Shadows on the Wall
More a work of art than a blockbuster, Ang Lee has created a dramatic thriller that grips us tightly due to characters, ideas and imagery, rather than its plot. It's a remarkable achievement, not just because Yann Martel's award-winning novel has long...
Working a strange magic that cajoles more than it convinces, Ang Lee’s highly anticipated adaptation of Yann Martel’s international bestseller isn’t as good as we might want it to be, but it’s still a remarkable effort given the source material was...
A man. At sea. With a Bengali tiger in his lifeboat. That in essence is the premise of Yann Martel’s ‘Life of Pi’, one of the most talked about books of the last decade. If you’re thinking ‘Castaway’, then you’re half right – indeed, there is a whole...
Suraj Sharma is superb as Pi, carrying more or less the entire film on his shoulders; it's a testament to the likeability of his performance that you never get tired of hearing him say the words ‘Richard Parker’. There's also strong support from...
Determined, as always, to extend the range of his skills beyond such memorable movies as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Lust, Caution (2007), the Academy Award winning director (Brokeback Mountain) consolidates his reputation as a versatile aut
The majority of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi takes place on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but it has the visual grandeur and majesty of a film set in some fantastical afterlife or on a beautiful alien planet.
However, at 128 minutes, the film is a tad lengthy. Tighter editing would have ensured that it doesn't drag in parts. The 3D doesn't work too well and is nothing but an unnecessary distraction.
A boy, and a tiger, and a vast, endless ocean. Ang Lee makes a film out of material that seems almost unfilmable, and a lot of it is quite wondrous. What stops it from being completely spectacular is the director's faltering with the cultural...
“You can get used to anything,” says Pi in the book. Boy, you have to watch the movie to consider that just an understatement.
Time Out London
Yann Martel’s 2001 novel ‘Life of Pi’ divided readers: some found its wide-eyed spirituality and magic-realist invention intoxicating, while others choked on its pantheistic platitudes and winsome authorial voice.
A boy trapped with a tiger on a lifeboat in the deep blue sea, and a 3D film that plays out most of its two hours narrating what happens on the boat. To say it is a tough deal would be an understatement, and you could be excused for being wary about...
Yet, Life of Pi is not an easy film, although it does deliver many pleasures. The payoff in the end feels slight and not entirely convincing, but what you can never deny is that this film is unlike any other you’ve ever seen.
Adaptations of supposedly unfilmable novels are currently arriving at a rate of knots from smart, audacious directors: Cosmopolis, On The Road, Midnight’s Children, Cloud Atlas…
The Guardian UK
In his gently astonishing new film, Life of Pi, adapted from Yann Martel's 2001 bestseller, director Ang Lee melds so many disparate elements – Aesopian fable and cutting-edge 3D technology, east and west, young and old – that he may have just...
Ang Lee attempts perhaps his most ambitious directorial feat to date with Life of Pi, a movie based on the bestselling and zealously adored 2001 novel by author Yann Martel. Even those who haven't read the book are probably vaguely aware of...