This Friday, Ang Lee's big-screen adaptation of "Life of Pi" finally comes ashore.
Based on Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning novel, the movie follows Pi (Suraj Sharma), a zookeeper's son, who finds himself adrift on a small lifeboat after his ship was destroyed in a storm. He, of course, is not quite alone: Pi is accompanied by a a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a not-so-friendly Bengal tiger -- all of whom are fighting for their survival.
Take a look at our review round-up to see if the flick lives up to the source material.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly)
Everything looks <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20620088,00.html">beautiful in Life of Pi</a>.
Peter Rainer (Christian Science Monitor)
Like that other "unfilmable" novel, Cloud Atlas, it has, of course, been turned into a movie -- <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2012/1121/Director-Ang-Lee-takes-on-the-unfilmable-Life-of-Pi-movie-review">with rather happier results</a>.
Ben Sachs (Chicago Reader)
Ang Lee's signature style -- tasteful, measured, and devoid of personality -- <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/life-of-pi/Film?oid=7861594">translates surprisingly well to 3-D</a>.
Tasha Robinson (AV Club)
It's more compelling to focus on Lee's visceral cinematic experience than on the larger, <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/life-of-pi,89000/">fuzzier messages Martel's story conveys about humanity's connection with God</a>.
Ty Burr (Boston Globe)
"Life of Pi," even more so on the screen, <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/2012/11/20/ang-lee-marvel/q3nFqJDhHyKprOJvKLC4HJ/story.html">is a dream to help us keep the nightmares at bay</a>.
Joe Neumaier (New York Daily News)
Though the film's setup trudges and its closing is too pat, that hour or so on the raft is something special, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/movie-review-life-pi-article-1.1205264">and few would dive into the story's soul as Lee does</a>.
Ann Hornaday (Washington Post)
"Life of Pi" both draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/life-of-pi-3d,1175877/critic-review.html">wonder and cinematic virtuosity</a>.
Lou Lumenick (New York Post)
It's so hypnotically beautiful that people will be using it to calibrate <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/you_ll_want_second_slice_of_pi_XBO3mL5GSyu5S4Eo7qfOXN">their new TV monitors</a>.
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and<a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121120/REVIEWS/121129995"> a landmark of visual mastery</a>.
Betsy Sharkey (Los Angeles Times)
There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee's most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-life-of-pi-review-ang-lee-20121121,0,902072.story">it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone</a>.