• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom DiCillo
    In Theaters:
    Jul 14, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 11, 2003
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Living in Oblivion Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

April 9, 2007
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

January 23, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A treat.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Really clever little comedy about low-budget filmmaking with Buscemi at his best.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 24, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Sluggish, dumbly overpraised farce about an indie movie I would never see, but I still might pick over this one.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 16, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Meaty and witty, the sort of product that rewards a closer examination even as it buggers intimacy.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2003
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Desperately funny.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

February 17, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a wacky behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of making a low-budget independent movie.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 28, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Christopher Null


Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner

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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000

| Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2007
Eric Melin

| Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2006
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