Reality (2013)



Critic Consensus: Part dark satire, part compelling drama, Reality occasionally struggles to communicate its message, but it's never less than entertaining.

Movie Info

From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show "Big Brother" leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano's own reality begins to spiral out of control, making for one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Scorsese's The King of Comedy. (c) … More

Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Matteo Garrone, Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2013
Box Office: $55.3k
Oscilloscope Laboratories - Official Site


as Michele

as Luciano's Mother

as Massimone

as Aunt Nunzia

as Aunt Rosaria

as Presenter

as Roman Client
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Critic Reviews for Reality

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (21)

It's clear that Garrone is lamenting the death of culture. But the movie is more compassionate than screed-y. It's a portrait of the preoccupation with fame in an age in which in fame is cheap.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

The satire here is finespun, and the film's conclusions ambiguous.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

A dark allegorical comedy about the nature of fame, about obsession, about madness - and the point where they converge: on Big Brother, a TV show watched by millions.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

For all its ups and downs and occasional detours into boorishness, it's an original that will surprise if not necessarily delight fans of Garrone's very different crime drama, "Gomorrah."

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

In this echo chamber of fame-for-fame's-sake, real life imitates reel life. There's a lurid, Felliniesque sheen to Garrone's floating camerawork; this is reality tweaked, dialed up to 10.1. And there's a cheeky, sideways satire of Roman Catholicism.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Reality is a little too thin to be truly satisfying. However, Garrone's elegant visual palette and Arena's remarkable central performance shift a potentially trite message into a gloriously warm and novel experience.

Full Review… | January 17, 2014

Audience Reviews for Reality

Garrone uses many elegant long takes and an evoking soundtrack to tell this fascinating, dream-like character study about a common fishmonger who gradually grows obsessed with the idea of being famous - leading him to mix his yearnings with reality.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

A fishmonger from Naples loses his grip on reality as he waits to hear back from his audition for the Italian version of the "Big Brother" TV show. Slow but rich, with layers of satire and allegory and great long tracking shots of glorious Naples.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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