The Life of Reilly - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Life of Reilly Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
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
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
November 17, 2007
I love this movie.I don't say those four words often, so I had to put them first. And isolate them ... a postmortem revelation as much as a perfect swansong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
November 13, 2007
Warm and hilarious... the bittersweet milestones play like a Spalding Gray monologue loosened up with a few shots of tequila.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 14, 2007
Reilly conjures a self-portrait that is insightful, hilarious and completely devoid of self-pity.
| Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 22, 2008
Charles Nelson Reilly's one-man stage show makes for a terrific one-man movie.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
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.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 9, 2007
Makes a fitting legacy for a showbiz trooper who refused to fade quietly away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
November 15, 2007
For a performer who turned banter into an art form, Reilly's stage production, Save It for the Stage, was the ideal vehicle for his autobiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 15, 2007
An exuberant story it is, at least as digested and heightened in this truncated performance, filmed before an audience at the end of the show's L.A. engagement.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 16, 2007
This charming, bittersweet 90-minute monologue consists of the actor telling tales of his childhood and early years, when he was an ugly duckling from an uglier family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 16, 2007
[Reilly] looks frail but holds the audience spellbound in Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson's valuable record of the final performance of the autobiographical show that he toured for five years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 30, 2007
In this rippingly entertaining documentary of Reilly's celebrated autobiographical monologue Save It for the Stage, the unfailingly witty, shamelessly bitchy Reilly gets to set the record straight about a number of things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
March 10, 2009
As this entertaining recording of his one-man show reveals, Reilly was a natural raconteur.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
November 29, 2007
Anyone expecting epicene camp or gossip about Gene Rayburn and Fannie Flagg will not know what hit them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
November 16, 2007
Save It for the Stage, a one-man stage show by Charles Nelson Reilly, a showbiz gadfly and Tony Award-winning theater director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
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
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