Life of Pi

Yann Martel’s ponderous adventure novel gets the big-screen treatment with this Fox 2000 adaptation helmed by director Ang Le… Read More


This Friday, Ang Lee’s big-screen adaptation of “Life of Pi” finally comes ashore.

Based on Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel, the movie follows Pi (Suraj Sharma), a zookeeper’s son, who finds himself adrift on a small lifeboat after his ship was destroyed in a storm. He, of course, is not quite alone: Pi is accompanied by a a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a not-so-friendly Bengal tiger — all of whom are fighting for their survival.

Take a look at our review round-up to see if the flick lives up to the source material.

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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly)

    Everything looks <a href=”,,20483133_20620088,00.html”>beautiful in Life of Pi</a>.

  • Peter Rainer (Christian Science Monitor)

    Like that other “unfilmable” novel, Cloud Atlas, it has, of course, been turned into a movie — <a href=””>with rather happier results</a>.

  • Ben Sachs (Chicago Reader)

    Ang Lee’s signature style — tasteful, measured, and devoid of personality — <a href=”″>translates surprisingly well to 3-D</a>.

  • Tasha Robinson (AV Club)

    It’s more compelling to focus on Lee’s visceral cinematic experience than on the larger, <a href=”,89000/”>fuzzier messages Martel’s story conveys about humanity’s connection with God</a>.

  • Ty Burr (Boston Globe)

    “Life of Pi,” even more so on the screen, <a href=””>is a dream to help us keep the nightmares at bay</a>.

  • Joe Neumaier (New York Daily News)

    Though the film’s setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, <a href=”″>and few would dive into the story’s soul as Lee does</a>.

  • Ann Hornaday (Washington Post)

    “Life of Pi” both draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, <a href=”,1175877/critic-review.html”>wonder and cinematic virtuosity</a>.

  • Lou Lumenick (New York Post)

    It’s so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate <a href=””>their new TV monitors</a>.

  • Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

    Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and<a href=”″> a landmark of visual mastery</a>.

  • Betsy Sharkey (Los Angeles Times)

    There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee’s most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, <a href=”,0,902072.story”>it’s as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher’s stone</a>.