Amazon Studios Life Itself

Last updated date: July 7, 2019

DWYM Score
5.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 95 expert reviews, the Amazon Studios Amazon Studios Life Itself placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
3.9
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.0
11,654 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
“Life Itself” packs in enough narrative twists and turns to leave viewers with a sense of emotional whiplash.
- Roger Ebert
September 21, 2018 | Full review
That story weaves perfectly with writer-director Dan Fogelman's Life Itself. The movie has a lot of characters, and those characters all have their own stories. But Fogelman understands that stories taking place all over the globe have the potential to intersect, and that one story you might have no interest in whatsoever can suddenly become the most important story in the world, because now it pertains to you.
- Cinema Blend
The plot in Life Itself is precisely calibrated, intended either to disturb or to provoke tears—but the film is presented as an ode to romance and the connections that bind us as human beings.
- The Atlantic
September 20, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The movie only narrowly misses the most predictable of cliches by jolting the audience with a steady diet of unfortunate events. Adding to that disorientating feeling is the film’s cycle through various characters. It’s an approach better suited for a drawn-out TV show, but in the short runtime of a movie, the effect is lacking.
- Roger Ebert
September 21, 2018 | Full review
It’s a movie made for people who can’t be trusted to understand any storytelling unless it’s not just spoon-fed but ladled on, piled high, and explained via montage and voiceover.
- Indie Wire
September 8, 2018 | Full review
Life Itself can be hokey, and melodramatic, peddling dime-store psychology that isn't probing nearly as deeply into the human condition as Dan Fogelman probably believes.
- Cinema Blend
The cheapest thing about Fogelman's unreliable narrator device is he uses it like a party trick, not to enhance the story in any way, like unreliable narrators used to great effect in film noir. The entirety of “Life Itself” is a cheap trick, starting with the trailer.
- Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2018 | Full review
But there are two plot points—one hinging on a freak accident and the other on a suicide—that are indefensible, that serve only to stun the viewer into submission.
- The Atlantic
September 20, 2018 | Full review
Fogelman is best known as a screenwriter of films (Tangled and Crazy, Stupid, Love) and TV (This Is Us). But despite his skill and experience, this screenplay feels gimmicky and sophomoric in its reliance on outlandish coincidences and tricksy devices.
- The Guardian
January 5, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Only on Prime Video. Life Itself centers on a couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) that lead a multi-generational love story spanning both decades and continents, from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside, and are all connected by a single event.

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