Reality Bites Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
February 25, 2014
Gone is the fearless savagery Stiller smuggled into his TV series. Stuck between slacker and attacker, he settles for something curiously inert, slavishly mainstream and so hopelessly phony its own characters might make fun of it between bong rips.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 28, 2013
Ryder and Hawke bring crucial authenticity to their roles with effortless appeal. You'll find yourself wanting more of these characters than the movie gives you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 28, 2013
For all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 27, 2013
The screenplay by newcomer Helen Childress falls back on familiar formulas too often, but first-time director Ben Stiller keeps the action fast and involving even when you can't help guessing what the next story twist will be.
Mark de la Viņa
Philadelphia Daily News
March 27, 2013
The smart script by 23-year-old newcomer Helen Childress doesn't lose sight of the characters and the issues that affect them and other young adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 27, 2013
However conventional Reality Bites resolves to be, it is always engaging. Best of all, Ryder has her greatest role since Heathers, once again proving herself a seriously funny young actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
March 27, 2013
The best -- the brilliant -- bits of Reality Bites etch in epigram, anecdote and brittle, dazzling dialogue the inner life of young people who want desperately to believe but haven't decided in what.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 27, 2013
It's a good example of an anti-establishment comedy crippled by a seeming desire to infatuate the establishment itself. What Reality Bites needs most is a good bite. From reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 27, 2013
Among the movie's strengths are the performances, especially that of Ryder, who comes across as bright, beautiful and more delicate than ever before.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
March 27, 2013
When the movie is over, you don't feel as if you had shared the experience of a new generation; you feel puzzled and vaguely crummy, as if you had just read a solemn news-magazine cover story about it.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Comedy about 20-something slackers isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 12, 2008
Remember Gen X? This is why you forgot it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
May 9, 2008
A surprisingly sweet romantic comedy debut from Ben Stiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2008
A romantic heart, caustic wit, and the energy of its fresh cast ensure the film's continued appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
Although it never became the definitive document of Generation X, Reality Bites is a touchstone for anyone just out of college and stuck with more ideals than job prospects, not to mention a head full of bad-TV trivia.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2007
In 1994, the novelty of seeing a romantic comedy written and directed by, as well as starring, people in their early 20s made for a certain freshness, but after a point this 'youthfulness' consists of little more than TV references.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 7, 2007
It's often genuinely funny -- but it's still an establishment picture pretending it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leonard Klady
Variety
August 7, 2007
Reality Bites begins as a promising and eccentric tale of contemporary youth but evolves into a banal love story as predictable as any lush Hollywood affair.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 30, 2007
Ben Stiller's feature directorial debut is a zeitgeust comedy, whose significance is more sociological than cinematic--It's "The Big Chill" for the twentysomething crowd in the Age of Clinton and AIDS.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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