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      R Released Dec 4, 2015 1h 52m Biography History Drama TRAILER for Life: Trailer 1 List Life: Trailer 1 Life: Trailer 1 2:10 View more videos
      64% Tomatometer 61 Reviews 45% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In 1955, young photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) develops a close bond with actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) while shooting pictures of the rising Hollywood star. Read More Read Less

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      Life may frustrate viewers seeking a James Dean biopic with its subject's intensity, but it remains a diverting, well-acted effort assembled with admirable craft and ambition.

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      Jessica Kiang The Playlist Corbijn is great at taking real-life flesh and blood people and alchemically rendering them in striking 2-dimensional images that transcend and mythologize the reality, but "Life" shows him fall some way short of achieving the reverse. Rated: C+ Dec 5, 2015 Full Review Liz Braun Toronto Sun Both Pattinson and DeHaan could have used more to do, but both actors put in performances that elevate the proceedings. Rated: 3/5 Dec 4, 2015 Full Review Brad Wheeler Globe and Mail A moody, leisurely and occasionally frustrating piece of work ... Rated: 3/4 Dec 4, 2015 Full Review Nicholas Bell A disappointment considering Corbijn's abilities (particularly when compared to his first and best effort, 2007's Control, another portrait of a tragic artist). Oct 9, 2020 Full Review Danielle Davenport One Room With A View Anton Corbijn's snapshot of a photographer and his muse is cool and well made. Unfortunately, in comparison to its tremendous cast, Life is underwhelming. Rated: 3/5 May 16, 2019 Full Review Alison Rowat The Herald (Scotland) The unexpected delight here is Pattinson, who takes the character of Stock and shows every side of him, the unflattering ones included, to the camera. Rated: 3/5 Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Harald B Could they not find someone who looked remotely like James Dean?. Making him act like a challenged or autistic person did not help either. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 06/19/23 Full Review Leaburn O As someone who knows little of James Dean except the legendary rebel persona, I found this an interesting portrait. I liked the photographer angle and thought the acting was decent. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/05/23 Full Review micha s DeHaan becomes Dean and along with an excellent supporting cast (Edgerton and the family in Indiana), these are what this film has going for it, and that's no small thing. It's unlikely that anyone would have been able to play this role credibly, so watching and listening to DeHaan is an absolute treat. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I love these actors and I love Dean, but this was like watching grass grow. Pattinson gives the real performance here tho. He doesn't hide the awkwardness of Dennis Stock or the shame he carries around, something Dean doesn't really get in coming from such a loving family. But the whole film is a waiting game to see the final shots, which we only end up seeing a few of. Thanks, guys. The closing poetry was a beautiful touch, but worth the time invested? Meh. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review william k Carefully directed and beautifully photographed study of a short historic friendship is more focused on Dennis Stock's perspective, Robert Pattinson delivering an excellent portrait of the man. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member If you missed this, and don't like the ratings, give it a go. Sure, it's not perfect, but there's a lot of art in this that you need to watch carefully. Definitely mark this one for a reflective night in. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In 1955, young photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) develops a close bond with actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) while shooting pictures of the rising Hollywood star.
      Anton Corbijn
      Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Christina Piovesan, Benito Mueller, Wolfgang Mueller
      Luke Davies
      Production Co
      See-Saw Films
      R (Some Sexuality/Nudity|Language)
      Biography, History, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 4, 2015, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 7, 2016
      1h 52m
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