The Life of Reilly - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Life of Reilly Reviews

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April 4, 2011
It was shot just before he died, so it's a nice record of his life in his own words, a life that included bizarre family situations as well as his solo navigation of Hollywood as a decidedly unconventional celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 19, 2010
Gives us a sense of a full life of triumph and tragedy, an epic story told in 84 minutes by a master raconteur.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 10, 2009
It doesn't pretend to be a movie, really, but it's an unexpected treat from a man who made a living out of being silly.
March 10, 2009
See Life of Reilly and you won't see him as a pop culture footnote ever again.
March 10, 2009
The schmaltzy surface-nature of the show, however, is redeemed by Reilly's performance... and by a final story...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2009
...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 | Original Score: B-
March 10, 2009
It... holds wrenching emotional power in its naked, warts-and-all history of one man's life...
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 10, 2009
...it's a funny and frequently affecting reminiscence...
March 10, 2009
Unfortunately, I never caught Nelson live, but this film has to be the closest thing to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 10, 2009
Life of Reilly is vivid proof that living well, and laughing heartily, can be the best revenge.
March 10, 2009
...the man's sense of stagecraft and storytelling prowess are undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2009
As this entertaining recording of his one-man show reveals, Reilly was a natural raconteur.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2009
Helmers Frank Anderson and Barry Poltermann had the bright idea to preserve Reilly's show on film, and... it is indeed an invaluable record.
March 10, 2009
The Life of Reilly lets us know how much the world has changed.
May 22, 2008
Charles Nelson Reilly's one-man stage show makes for a terrific one-man movie.
March 6, 2008
This is a story about all wide-eyed dreamers as much as it is about him: When Reilly reads off the roster of his classmates in a New York acting class for the dirt-poor, it's a simple act that's hugely inspiring.
March 6, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2007
Reilly conjures a self-portrait that is insightful, hilarious and completely devoid of self-pity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2007
There's a genuine wonderment and breathless joy in Reilly's delivery that hints at what a fine stage actor he must have been, particularly when he describes going to a movie for the first time, or his thrill at first getting the lead in the school play.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2007
... a poignant tribute to the one-time Broadway star best known to the public at large as a game-show wit and Johnny Carson guest.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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