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Life of Pi (PG)

Life of Pi (PG)

Adventure, Drama

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor ... a fearsome Bengal tiger.

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The critical consensus

A fabulously beautiful and faithful adaptation from director Ang Lee.

****(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 03/12/2012

There’s less than meets the eye in Lee’s ultimately unsatisfying fable.

Andrew Schenker, Little White Lies, 12/12/2012

A beautifully realised journey that goes right off the map.

*****Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 16/12/2012

Pi Patel can tell a story that makes you believe in God, but Ang Lee has gone one better: he has made a film that restores your faith in cinema.

*****Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 20/12/2012

The simplicity of the story also gives Lee plenty of room to embellish it with some of the smartest use of CGI seen in a contemporary blockbuster, so it’s all the more frustrating when he stops trusting cinema as a visual medium and tries to transform it into a literary one by having characters explain things he’s already done a fantastic job of showing us on screen.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 20/12/2012

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.

*****Olly Richards, Empire Online, 20/12/2012

Stories of isolated but resourceful individuals may do well in depressed and uncertain times. Its spirit is defiant but its substance is deficient.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 20/12/2012

It may ultimately be a little too elusive for its own good - “why should it have to mean anything?” asks the grown-up Pi – and is perhaps a little overlong but it succeeds magnificently in its aim to inspire both the head and the heart.

*****Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 20/12/2012

The digital effects are mindblowing, but the ending of Ang Lee's magic-realist fable is exasperating.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 20/12/2012

For all its magnificence, Life of Pi is a serenely odourless experience.

**(*)(*)(*)Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 23/12/2012

Imagine Richard Parker is pursuing you from the back row, if it helps. Because if you hang around for Spall and Khan’s pat summations you’ll be as sick as a Bengal tiger sailing choppy waters.

**(*)(*)(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 20/12/2012

A spiritual, magical-realist blend of Slumdog Millionaire and Cast Away, Life Of Pi is one of the year’s most striking films. Another triumph for Ang Lee.

****(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 07/12/2012

Features about Life of Pi (PG)

Ang Lee: Filming Life of Pi was far from easy as pie

Jeananne Craig, The Independent, 04/12/2012

Ang Lee: interview: how he filmed the unfilmable for Life of Pi

John Hiscock, The Telegraph, 19/12/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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