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    “Life Itself” is now 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and 26% on Metacritic.

    The film is directed by Dan Fogelman, who is known for his previous work “This Is Us(2016)”, a well-acclaimed tv show. The cast of this latest movie features Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, and Annette Bening.   Since the release of trailer on July 10th, it has gained  10m+  views on Youtube with high expectation from especially people who loved “This is us.”

    However, after screening at TIFF 2018 for the very first time, it just got almost all the bad reviews or mixed reactions.

    [RogerEbert.com] gave it a 1.5/4 ,saying  “Life Itself plays like a soap opera squeezed into two hours.”

    [Variety] gave it a 30 ,saying “It is sentimental and sprawling, which are not necessarily bad things, but also manipulative and contrived, which very much are.”
    [IndieWire] gave it a 25 ,saying “Life Itself thinks you’re stupid. Or, if not stupid, unable to understand how a movie should work. It’s a movie made for people who can’t be trusted to understand any storytelling unless it’s not just spoon-fed but ladled on, piled high, and explained via montage and voiceover.”

    [The Guardian] gave it a 20, saying “You rarely get the sense of Fogelman’s characters being complex figures with internal lives – instead they’re merely there to smile weakly through whatever trauma their sadistic creator puts them through.”

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    OMG….

    Wow this is literally the most tragic film this year which was once regarded as an award contender but failed quite hard after screening. I can’t believe those scores and percentages it got! It shocked me.

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    Riley
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    What I am wondering is if it is that different from This is Us or if that just did not translate for film critics.

    "I don't even believe in god, but I'm going to thank her tonight."

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    What I am wondering is if it is that different from This is Us or if that just did not translate for film critics.

    You took the words right out of my mind honestly! Look at these quotes. Just replace “Life Itself” with “This Is Us” and the similarity is disturbing.

    “This Is Us plays like a soap opera squeezed into eighteen hours.”

    “This Is Us is sentimental and sprawling, which are not necessarily bad things, but also manipulative and contrived, which very much are.”

    “This Is Us thinks you’re stupid. Or, if not stupid, unable to understand how a movie should work. It’s a movie made for people who can’t be trusted to understand any storytelling unless it’s not just spoon-fed but ladled on, piled high, and explained via montage and voiceover.”

    I am already clearly on record for having defended the first half of This Is Us Season 1. “Memphis” was the best thing to come out of that 2nd half of Season 1 and even that I had some issues with. It seems Dan Fogelman’s scripts only really work when he’s got those “Crazy, Stupid, Love” directors handling them like they do for This Is Us.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    “It is sentimental and sprawling, which are not necessarily bad things, but also manipulative and contrived, which very much are.”

    This Is Us is also manipulative, at least that’s my opinion. And I don’t think the show was ever a critics’ darling or anything. The second season doesn’t even have a census on Metacritic.

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    which was once regarded as an award contender

    This was always just Collateral Beauty Part 2. Olivia Wilde’s filmography isn’t 100% tragic but much like Liam Hemsworth, seeing her in a cast list sets off my flop alarms.

    It’s now soared to a 15% on RT. Audience interest seems low, I can only wonder what the box office numbers will be.

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    This is anything but shocking.

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    Marcus.H
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    which was once regarded as an award contender

    This was always just Collateral Beauty Part 2. Olivia Wilde’s filmography isn’t 100% tragic but much like Liam Hemsworth, seeing her in a cast list sets off my flop alarms. It’s now soared to a 15% on RT. Audience interest seems low, I can only wonder what the box office numbers will be.

    Its release date is around the corner like ………..next week? I remembered.

    I am concerned about the box office now.

     

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    Hopefully this gets people to realize how bad This is Us is.

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    Diet Teridax
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    Hopefully this gets people to realize how bad This is Us is.

    It wasn’t always bad though, it had potential in the very beginning… “The Trip” was a perfectly done episode of television and it is still insane that the Pilot was not submitted for Writing or Directing.

    Note to myself: Don’t ever feed the trolls. Don’t get involved in others drama. Don’t let myself be swayed by others predictions, trust my gut more often!

    Note to all others: If you don’t happen to like me, ignore me. It is that simple.

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    Miles
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    I totally get how the This Is Us format wouldn’t work in a single movie. Despite being outrageously awful at times (most of the time), it always gets you to come back. There’s something about the camp of it that prevents me from giving it up. That wouldn’t work with a movie.

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    I mean, This Is Us is shockingly awful too…

    For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!

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    Hopefully this gets people to realize how bad This is Us is.

    I love how a lot of us get sucked in to the show when it’s on, but a few months after we really tear it apart.

    “Someone is staring at you in ‘Personal Growth’.”

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    This Is Us is also manipulative, at least that’s my opinion. And I don’t think the show was ever a critics’ darling or anything. The second season doesn’t even have a census on Metacritic.

    It has an Outstanding Achievement in Drama nomination from the Television Critics Association.

    "I don't even believe in god, but I'm going to thank her tonight."

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    Marcus.H
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    Anyway, this is really embarrassing.

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    Every time someone mentions this movie, my mind immediately goes to this tweet:

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