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‘Life of Pi’ Reviews: Early Reactions From the New York Premiere

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We want nothing more to fall in love with Ang Lee's movie adaptation of the 'Life of Pi.' The latest trailers and images dolled out to help promote the film are simply stunning to look at, and everyone seems to be hoping that the final product will match our preconceived expectations. Now, thanks to some early reviews and reactions coming in from the 'Life of Pi' debut at the 2012 New York Film Festival, we finally have some clue whether to expect the best or the worst from the theatrical release on November 21, 2012.

From what the critics are saying, it looks like we have next to nothing to fear and 'Life of Pi' is truly a wonder to behold. Those present at the NYFF have been tweeting in their early reactions to the film with nothing but best of reviews. Most are calling it a definite Oscar winner with visual effects rivaling that of Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' series. “People say the cinema is dying, and yet films like this prove that it's *still* just being invented,” tweeted writer David Erhlich.

However, while the imagery itself seems to overshadow most of the flaws in 'Life of Pi,' some are pointing out the the film's major weakness is the script. Although most refrain from delving any further into that criticism — at least on Twitter — long, “dull” sections of dialogue were referred to as holding the film somewhat back. But again, most people seemed to have nothing but the best things to say, which is a drastic difference from the early 'Cloud Atlas' reviews.

See for yourself what the critics are saying through their early reviews of 'Life of Pi.'


erickohn (@erickohn): I'm no Oscar pundit, but PI seems destined for the HUGO slot: F/X-driven, sentimentally involving, respected director.


Christopher Rosen (@chrisjrosen): 'Life of Pi' is really something. An audience film that also manages to be beautiful art *and* Oscar friendly. The trifecta! #nyff


Joanna Langfield (@Joannalangfield): Ang Lee has accomplished the impossible: @LifeofPiMovie is astounding. #NYFF


david ehrlich (@davidehrlich): LIFE OF PI has the most effective 3D since HUGO, proving that while the format is pushed for the money, it's meant for the masters. #NYFF


Edward Douglas (@EDouglasWW): Life of Pi is equal parts Slumdog, Benjamin Button and Titanic, which means A.) it's a guaranteed BP nominee and B.) I absolute loved it!


kateyrich (@kateyrich): Life of Pi is gorgeous and engaging and often thrilling. Ending is a whiff, just like the book, but when it works… Wow.


Pete Hammond (@DeadlinePete): Ang lee's Life of Pi is aa visual masterpiece and instant Oscar contender. Look for mutiple nomminations including best picture.


Michael Cusumano (@SeriousFilm): The effects work on Life of Pi is stunning. It will give The Hobbit a run for its money for the Oscar #NYFF


Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck): Ang Lee's transcendent Life of Pi reminds that film can heal and inspire. It will play for global critics, audiences and award givers.


Nadia Neophytou (@NadiaNeophytou): After watching #LifeofPi, all the emotions from reading the book have been stirred up again. From the page to the screen - incredible #NYFF


Matt Patches (@misterpatches): Life of Pi: Thrilled there's so much heart and humanity behind Ang Lee's stunning visual feast. #NYFF


Rudie Obias (@Rudie_Obias): Despite its script problems, LIFE OF PI was extraordinary! The 3D elevates the narrative when its words lets it down. Never doubt Ang Lee!


John Semley (@johnsemley3000): LIFE OF PI (Lee): A faithful (writ small and large) adaptation of Martel's novel. Dull in long stretches. Bright 3D looks great. #NYFF50


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