Living in Oblivion Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 23, 2007
DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 9, 2007
Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 23, 2007
A valentine to the independent film world, DiCillo's version of Truffaut's Night for Day offers a smart, amusing look at the perils of low-budget filmmaking; the ensemble acting is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A treat.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Really clever little comedy about low-budget filmmaking with Buscemi at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
Sluggish, dumbly overpraised farce about an indie movie I would never see, but I still might pick over this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 2, 2003
Meaty and witty, the sort of product that rewards a closer examination even as it buggers intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 17, 2003
Desperately funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Offers a wacky behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of making a low-budget independent movie.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The humor is uneven and the surrealism only partly effective, and the few attempts to make us take a personal interest in the characters fall flat; after all, they're only caricatures.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 1, 2001
Fun!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
DeCillo keeps the film moving with the kind of frantic energy you find on a real film set, alternating between judicious use of black-and-white and garish color, all the while keeping both frazzled director Nick and the audience just a little off balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Engaging and bright, witty and smart, Living in Oblivion is a riotous romp through the world of moviemaking, with emphasis on the helplessness one feels on a low-budget set when things go wrong.
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A smart, funny send-up of the trials and joys of filming on big egos and low budgets - subjects that writer-director Tom DiCillo and his collaborators presumably know first-hand.
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.
April 11, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 29, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
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