Reality Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 6, 2014
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.
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
January 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 25, 2013
This movie shows a bit of the human costs of reality TV, but not the full extent of it.
Marco Grosoli
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Those who found Gomorrah embarrassingly overrated can relax. Despite a first half that's basically a spin-off of the 2008 movie that brought Matteo Garrone international acclaim, Reality turns out to be its veritable refutation.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 3, 2013
... works on multiple levels and Arena, who worked within a prison release arrangement while serving a life sentence, creates an indelible, sad character.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 24, 2013
Italian satire amusingly sends up our obsession with reality TV, but not in a wholly satisfying way.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 16, 2013
It is a brutal, frank, painful and highly meticulous look at an ordinary man undergoing a very modern crisis amidst a very simple life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 13, 2013
Captures the 21st-century affliction of learned discontent, where perfectly happy people go in quest of something they think is better. Reality is a thoughtful, intelligent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 13, 2013
Part fairy tale, part religious allegory, and part scathing indictment, but the comedy remains light.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
July 7, 2013
Garrone has confounded expectations with this light, Fellini-esque send-up of reality television and the celebrity it has spawned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
July 5, 2013
A long and meandering satire on FOMO and self-delusion, and a shrewd commentary on the desire for the illusive fame that comes with reality television.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
May 24, 2013
Felliniesque is a term that gets bandied about frequently, but few films actually capture the spirit of the Italian master in his prime. Matteo Garrone's Reality earns its keep without resorting to mere imitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
April 25, 2013
Uma obra inteligente, engrašada e profundamente relevante.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 16, 2013
A feast of eye candy and broad comic caterwauling.
April 15, 2013
A chilling dose of filmic reality of how damaging and all consuming celebrity and some people's aspirations of it can be ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
Film Racket
April 14, 2013
signifies the moral bankruptcy and delirium of Silvio Berlusconi's government-as-game-show regime
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
Matteo Garrone follows his crime epic Gomorrah with a comedy about reality TV, and though it hardly rivals the earlier movie in its social complexity, it still offers the spectacle of a vibrant and vividly realized Neapolitan neighborhood.
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