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Once in the Life Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie remains an actor's exercise--too much dialogue, too much time in the room, too much happening offstage, or in the past, or in memory, or in imagination.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Strong, hard, dirty, funny, moving atmospheric and laced with scabrously musical street dialogue.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Showcases a trio of terrific performances.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Fishburne excels in his triple-threat roles as actor, director and adapter of his own play, and his cast glows under his direction.

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