The real breakout in Life is Bakare. Derry’scarelessness, driven by obsession (grown, the movie implies, from the character’s physical disability and his subsequent over-compensatory attitude) instigates the film’s devolvement from Space discovery to creature feature.

Jacob Oller
on Life

“Bakare’s performance had an admirably radiant ease.”

Richard Brody
on Life

Again, the most startling scenes were the more fantastical ones involving the sinister Gentleman and the Poles’s butler (Ariyon Bakare),

Gerard O'Donovan
telegraph on Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

an extraordinary performance in an exceptional production...Bakare's performance is simply stunning

Steve Orme
British Theatre Guide on The Mountaintop