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Life of Riley

2014 1h 48m Comedy List
76% Tomatometer 29 Reviews 42% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
During rehearsals for a play, Colin and Kathryn receive news their friend George is fatally ill. Read More Read Less
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Ben Sachs Chicago Reader As in all of Resnais's theatrical adaptations, the performances are warm and naturalistic, countering the artificiality of the stage conventions and illuminating the universal struggle to create personal meaning in lives bound by social convention. Mar 12, 2015 Full Review Kate Muir Times (UK) I found it unbearably boring and mannered. Rated: 2/5 Mar 6, 2015 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian I personally prefer the more vital, cinematic ideas of Resnais in his youth to the stagey confections of his later years. But Life of Riley has its own sadness and charm. Rated: 3/5 Mar 5, 2015 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Life of Riley is a highly styled exercise from a master filmmaker, a bittersweet addendum to an impressive body of work. Rated: 4/5 Jul 9, 2019 Full Review Patrick Gamble CineVue What initially appears to be a case of art imitating art soon begins to feel like an economic and tawdry imitation. Rated: 3/5 Apr 4, 2019 Full Review Rosalynn Try-Hane Battle Royale With Cheese [Life of Riley] is a film adaptation of the play by Alan Ayckbourn that is bereft of laughs or joy and just tries too hard. Aug 21, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member So bored, I'm reviewing it halfway through. Poo, what a curate's egg. The acting's fine, but it's a pretty dull and dour exercise in abstract theatre/film combo. Couldn't care less how it ends. Second viewing: never give up on movies. Works better having adjusted to the near-Brechtian format. The characters are growing on me. Always helps. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review brian k I rarely walk out on a film, but my wife and I couldn't take any more of the boredom and pretentiousness. There's no narrative drive, no comedy, no drama, and the characters are uninteresting. It's a sad end to a sometimes-great director's career. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member George sabia viver. A gente suspeita de que Alain, também. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis During rehearsals for a play, Colin and Kathryn receive news their friend George is fatally ill.
Director
Alain Resnais
Producer
Jean-Louis Livi
Screenwriter
Laurent Herbiet, Alain Resnais
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 10, 2016
Runtime
1h 48m
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