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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.


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Credited cast:
Roger Ebert (voice)
Himself (archive footage)
Marlene Siskel ...
Herself (as Marlene Iglitzen)
Jonathan Rosenbaum ...


'Life Itself' recounts the surprising and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that's by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent. The film explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert's life: from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism and his nearly quarter-century run with Gene Siskel on their review show, to becoming one of the country's most influential cultural voices, and finally to Roger's inspiring battles with cancer and the resulting physical disability - how he literally and symbolically put a new face on the disease and continued to be a cultural force despite it. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing Roger loved more than movies

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Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al cine con amor  »

Box Office


$153,875 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$131,411 (USA) (4 July 2014)


$809,724 (USA) (10 October 2014)

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Contrary to popular belief, the film is not narrated by Roger Ebert. Vocal impersonator Stephen Stanton provided his talents while mimicking Ebert's distinct sound. Stanton also voiced Ebert on Robot Chicken (2005). See more »


Rick Kogan: I don't know Pauline Kael. I never knew Pauline Kael, but fuck Pauline Kael. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were the most powerful critics of all-time in any realm.
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References Le Petit Soldat (1963) See more »


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8 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess there's just not much to say about this except that it's bloody brilliant. I feel like so many biographical documentaries might have wanted to talk about the person's entire life, and go through it all. Not this one, and because of it, it never feels bogged down by so much material. It flows through pretty easily and seamlessly, the editing isn't too fast-paced but instead lingers on Ebert's more philosophical viewpoints in his book. It's definitely incredibly sad and beautiful, probably the saddest documentary since Dear Zachary. This is destined to be a crowd-pleaser, as it should be. I strongly recommend it to anyone of any age.

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