At one point, I checked the time code on Netflix and saw that the movie had over forty minutes to go. I visibly winced.
"Life Itself" opened last weekend (check here to see where you can see it yourself) and has already started to develop an appreciative following. The critical response was overwhelmingly positive but one never knows how that will match up with the public reaction to a film. Watching Twitter this weekend was truly heartwarming as people turned to Roger's favorite form of social media to share their reactions to the film. People who have seen "Life Itself" have been clearly moved. We collected a few of our favorite responses:
LIFE ITSELF: A frank, affectionate tribute to a larger-than-life life. As a cinephile, I owe Roger Ebert a lot. As a human being, ditto.— nictate(@nictate) July 7, 2014
The Roger Ebert doc is so inspiring. You'll laugh, you'll cry, then you'll cry some more. Really, just keep the tissues handy. #LifeItself— Susan Avallone(@SusanEAvallone) July 7, 2014
#LifeItself affirmed that I haven't made as many mistakes as I sometimes think, and that I should definitely get back to work.— Nick Butler (@nbutler11) July 7, 2014
Wonderful to see #LifeItself again on the big screen. Thoughtful, moving & funny. Very funny. Gottawatch this "Benjithe Hunted" sometime.— ConorHolt (@conor_holt) July 6, 2014
Just experienced #LifeItself - what a revelation and gift from Roger Ebert to all of us.— Gail Gigi Austin (@gigiworks) July 6, 2014
.@ebertchicago HAVE YOU SEEN THE DOC on Roger ?? Life Affirming indeed— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 6, 2014
#LifeItself is a fantastic film that shouldn't be missed. It's heartbreaking, lovely, inspiring, and entirely life-affirming.— Joey Connelly (@JoeyConnelly) July 5, 2014
I don't know what your plans are, but if they don't include seeing #LifeItself you are failing.— Marya(@oldfilmsflicker) July 4, 2014
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