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Life of Pi (2012)



Critic Consensus: A 3D adaptation of a supposedly "unfilmable" book, Ang Lee's Life of Pi achieves the near impossible -- it's an astonishing technical achievement that's also emotionally rewarding.

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Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor...a fearsome Bengal tiger. -- (C) Official Site

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Suraj Sharma
as Piscine Militor Patel - 17 years old
Irrfan Khan
as Piscine Militor Patel - Adult
as Gita Patel
Adil Hussain
as Santosh Patel
Ayush Tandon
as Piscine Militor Patel - Child
Rafe Spall
as Writer
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Critic Reviews for Life of Pi

All Critics (249) | Top Critics (54)

Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.

June 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Lee is a wizard, Life of Pi is an incredible spectacle and the technical effects are brilliant.

December 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite some lovely images and those eyepopping effects, it is a shallow and self-important shaggy-dog story - or shaggy-tiger story - and I am bemused by the saucer-eyed critical responses it's been getting.

December 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Is Lee's film a fable? Is it an adventure? No, it's a super-movie.

December 20, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Yes, this is fantasy cinema. One man, alone with his wonderment, suspended between sky and sea.

December 20, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

December 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Life of Pi

Beautiful... Just beautiful. Ang Lee brings to life one of my favorite books and does it with such passion and determination. This adaptation, thought to be "unfilmable", achieves wonders in 3D and visual effects, as well as emotional story telling and great time first performance by Suraj Sharma.

zach letts
zach letts

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Honestly, I read the book long ago before I watch this movie and when I heard that 'Life of Pi' will be made into a movie my question were : how can a boring book turned into a movie that will drawn the audiences' attention? But after I heard a lot of positive reviews on this movie, I was tempted to watch this movie.. And after I spent almost 2 hours watching this movie, I must gave a big two thumbs up to Ang Lee for making a beautiful visualization of this novel.. Suraj Sharma also make a great and quite impressive performance for his Hollywood debut performance as Pi Patel.. Overall, the Oscars that this movie got shows us how great the quality of this movie had..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

An incredibly captivating story of the titular character, Pi, that ingeniously thrusts audiences so closely with the main message of the movie. I don't think any movie has questioned and talked to me in such a direct but powerful way like "Life of Pi" did. At the heart of it, "Life of Pi" is a drama/survival flick. With a movie so grounded thematically, people quickly assume that this is an art-house film. I respond with a resounding no. "Life of Pi" is crafted with such cohesion; everything to the plot, actors, script, and cinematography mesh together to bring an entertaining but thoughtful piece of art. Let me tell you, the visuals are absolutely gorgeous. I still think best cinematography should've went to "Skyfall", but that doesn't make "Life of Pi" an ugly one though; the art direction and the colors truly pop off the screen here. "Life of Pi" is, in my opinion, what should've taken the cake for best picture. Yeah, I enjoyed "Django Unchained" and "Skyfall" more, but as a whole, "Life of Pi" covers all the bases of what makes a real solid film.

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