The public and critical response has been wonderful, with the film gaining some of the year's best reviews from the press and thousands of fantastic responses on social media (look at RogerEbert.com and this Storify for just some of the examples).
The early box office reporting also indicates a "strong opening," say both TheWrap and IndieWIRE. The film opened on 24 screens to a $6,000 per screen average. It will hold at all 24 opening theaters and expand by another 35 screens on Friday, July 11th, and be up to 100 screens by July 18th. Check the www.ebertmovie.com website for a listing of all the venues.
Thanks to everyone who is helping make the film a hit!
Call me crazy, but I honestly think LIFE ITSELF could wind up being the first DOCUMENTARY nominated for BEST PICTURE. It's THAT good.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 27, 2014
— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) July 7, 2014
— Magnolia Pictures (@MagnoliaPics) July 5, 2014
Saw film Life Itself @EbertMovie Chaz Ebert is extraordinary family caregiver, one of the many we ignore in US health system. Amazing life
— drapin (@drapin) July 7, 2014
"Life Itself" is required viewing for all journalists, not just film critics, cinephiles. Outstanding profile of a mercurial, brilliant man.
— Manori R. (@manniehall) July 6, 2014
See Life Itself @EbertMovie. Extraordinary. I pity the film critic whose job it is to sew up all this movie encompasses in a single column.
— Jennifer Carpenter (@J2thecarpenter) July 7, 2014
— Michael H. Weber (@thisisweber) July 3, 2014
Watching #LifeItself reminds me poignantly: movies are more than disposable product. They're vehicles for philosophy, perspective, life.
— Bastard Keith (@BastardKeith) July 6, 2014
'Life Itself' the Steve James documentary on Roger Ebert, is really wonderful. I cry easily. This one got me good.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 9, 2014
— Robert Falls (@RobertFalls) July 5, 2014
I was moved by Life Itself as a portrait of Ebert, and also of the delicate challenge of respectful interaction between critics and artists.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) July 7, 2014
If you're a film lover, a history buff, a truth seeker, a lover of life, an Ebert fan...RUN - do not walk - to see Life Itself @EbertMovie
— Laura Bruzas (@Laura_Bruzas) July 7, 2014
— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) July 6, 2014
— Sharon Waxman (@sharonwaxman) July 6, 2014
It's a good thing LIFE ITSELF is available On Demand, since some of us don't like to turn into blubbering messes in public.
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) July 5, 2014
Just saw Life Itself, about @ebertchicago. Hell of a movie. Like all the best Chicago writers, Ebert was an intellectual for the people.
— John Green (@realjohngreen) July 8, 2014
I've seen over 100 films released this year. @EbertMovie is undoubtedly the best.
— Patrick Devitt (@pcdevitt) July 6, 2014
Seeing fine Roger Ebert doc "Life Itself" a second time moved me even more than the first. My review: http://t.co/1vJk7rzhME
— Kenneth Turan (@KennethTuran) July 4, 2014
@EbertMovie Life Itself is one of the most heartfelt documentaries I've seen in years. Accessible and intelligent, much like Ebert's prose.
— David A. Barrios (@Thatssobarrios) July 6, 2014
.@ebertchicago HAVE YOU SEEN THE DOC on Roger ?? Life Affirming indeed
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) July 6, 2014
Glad to see folks are finding out this weekend why Life Itself is my number one film of the year so far.
— Joey Magidson (@JoeyMagidson) July 6, 2014
Just watched the movie about @ebertchicago LIFE ITSELF. I haven't cried in a movie in a long time. Excellent. Thumbs up!
— CRAIG BREWER (@MyBrewTube) July 9, 2014
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) July 3, 2014
What's most astonishing in Life Itself is Roger Ebert's equanimity in confronting death; as he says, a sort of co-creation w/Steve James...
— Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow) July 3, 2014
..The biographical side is better told in the book Life Itself, but Roger Ebert's presence in end times makes the movie nearly transcendent.
— Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow) July 3, 2014
Have seven dollars? Have two hours? Like movies? Watch LIFE ITSELF. Bring tissues. @EbertMovie
— Jeffrey A. Kemp (@jeffreyakemp) July 6, 2014
Wow. @EbertMovie is hardly 'just' a film critic biopic. Like the title says, it's a moving look at mortality, time, and human connection.
— Eddie Schmidt (@Eddie_Schmidt) July 4, 2014
— Indiewire (@indiewire) July 5, 2014
LIFE ITSELF (@EbertMovie) is an extraordinary movie about an extraordinary man. Indisputably one of the best films of the year. A must see.
— Michael B. Bonnée (@MichaelBBonnee) July 6, 2014
A 140 character limit isn't enough to describe how amazing @EbertMovie is. Beat documentary I have seen in years!
— Tyler Christian (@tmchrist43) July 4, 2014
.@EbertMovie is a masterpiece- alternately a heartbreaking portrait of illness and an affirmation of the power of love. Bravo and Thumbs Up!
— John Bonazzo (@johnbonazzo) July 6, 2014
— Ty Burr (@tyburr) July 3, 2014
You should watch @EbertMovie not only if you're a film fan but if you're a human being. It touches deeply and shows how life truly should be
— Zach Dennis (@zdennis24) July 5, 2014
— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) July 4, 2014
Chicago's Kartemquin Films has made great, relevant and socially engaging docs for almost 50 years. Steve James' Life Itself is another one.
— William Horberg (@WilliamHorberg) July 5, 2014
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