Among the other big adaptations is "Lincoln," the Steven Spielberg movie that was inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals," and that has already become an Academy Award favorite. The season's bounty also includes "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables" and "Anna Karenina" and, for Twilight fans, "Breaking Dawn, Part 2."
Here are excerpts from some reviews of "The Life of Pi," a spiritual journey involving a ship-wrecked boy:
-- Tribune: I admire the film a great deal, which isn't the same as falling for it hook, line and sinker. The young actor playing the teenage Pi, Suraj Sharma, is perfectly fine, but an hour or two after seeing "Life of Pi" his performance was already lost in the waves of the film's other, more obviously formidable selling points.
-- New York Times: It unfolds in a setting that is one of the great achievements of digital cinema, and a reminder that the eclectic Mr. Lee is, among other things, an exuberant and inventive visual artist.
-- Washington Post: Like a lyrical, extravagantly hued children’s pop-up book, “Life of Pi” both draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, wonder and cinematic virtuosity. If the story goes “poof” almost as soon as the covers close, that’s probably due to the depth of the source material rather than the movie itself.