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‘The Book Of Life’ Review Roundup: A Fantastic Family Film For Everyone

Sat, October 18, 2014 2:55pm EDT by Add first Comment

Ready to get your animated fix on? ‘The Book Of Life’ hit theaters on Oct. 17, and the critics love this family film! Read the reviews!

The Book of Life is an exciting and fun film for everyone! Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana lend their voices to the animated characters for a truly delightful and funny film, and the critics agree!

‘The Book Of Life’ Movie Reviews

It’s about time another animated movie was released into theaters! If you want to sit back, relax and smile relentlessly, then The Book Of Life is the movie for you! The film follows Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man you must head out on big adventure that crosses into three different worlds! He must battle his greatest fears and follow his destiny. Check out the reviews!

Chicago Sun Times

Whether en ingles o en espanol, “The Book of Life” is a delight. In an animated universe cluttered with kung-fu pandas, ice princesses and video-game heroes, Gutierrez and del Toro have conjured up an original vision.


Funny without being frantic, seamlessly switching from dry humor to slapstick, it shows death as a part of life — and, judging from a preview audience of very young tykes, does so in a gentle, delightful way.

San Jose Mercury News

Without a doubt, the animation is a triple-shot latte to the eyes, with sweeping scenes that make Mexican folk art come to colorful cinematic life. This folk-art theme plays through with lead characters that are intricately hand-painted figurines made out of wood. Even with all that eye candy on display, Gutierrez manages to keep his pop-up-book spectacle from drowning out “Life’s” noble intentions.


Right away, “The Book Of Life” is appealing to me on a purely visual level. Simply put, this is a film that is delightful to look at, pretty much start to finish. Using CG to create a tactile world and a style that feels like part puppet, part cartoon gives the characters an unusual quality.

HollywoodLifers, will you go see The Book Of Life? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson

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