The Life of Reilly (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Life of Reilly is a humorous and endearing look at the late comedian.

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"The Life of Reilly" is an adaptation of Mr. Reilly's acclaimed one-man show and was photographed for the screen during Mr. Reilly's final two perfomances of his play in North Hollywood, California. The film takes us through this man's strange, tragic, and hilarious life, from his birth in a humble neighborhood of the Bronx to his retirement in his posh Beverly Hills abode.
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Critic Reviews for The Life of Reilly

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (21)

...he's far more candid recalling his grand delusions in a school play than he is when he gets to Broadway and Hollywood.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic's a funny and frequently affecting reminiscence...

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Life of Reilly is vivid proof that living well, and laughing heartily, can be the best revenge.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Top Critic

As this entertaining recording of his one-man show reveals, Reilly was a natural raconteur.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Time Out
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The Life of Reilly lets us know how much the world has changed.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Top Critic

Director Barry Poltermann's sweet little evocation of a show business career captures Reilly at 'the twilight of an extraordinary life,' in Reilly's words.

March 6, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Life of Reilly

Wow. What a powerful retrospective on a life many might have dismissed as silly and insignificant. This intimate one-man-show reminds us of the profound humanity of those around us -- even those of whom we have not thought to take notice before. A real "check" on life and a beautifully disappointing time capsule.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

I first remember seeing Charles Nelson Reilly in the show THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR. I loved his character and when he came on the screen I knew I was going to laugh. There was The Match Game show, and he was a favorite guest of Johnny Carson, over 100 times. This is a fantastic, touching, funny one-man live stage recording of Charles Nelson Reilly's recollection of his life. It was mainly filmed from the last time he ever performed THE LIFE OF REILLY in 2004. He had a zany family, famous friends and a fabulous life. And that laugh.

Sue Smith
Sue Smith

Amazing one man show in which O'Reilly takes us through his remarkable life. One of those lives that makes you shake your head in astonishment at the resilience of the human spirit. Would I have liked more show-biz stories? Sure. But what is here is great enough. I'm so grateful he did this before he died.

Alan Hall
Alan Hall

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