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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2009
...it's a funny and frequently affecting reminiscence...
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 10, 2009
Life of Reilly is vivid proof that living well, and laughing heartily, can be the best revenge.
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 10, 2009
The Life of Reilly lets us know how much the world has changed.
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 3, 2007
It's fortunate that we have this filmed record -- directed by Barry Poltermann and Frank Anderson -- of a memorable solo performance by a true show business original.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 30, 2007
The Life of Reilly is a tender tale of semi-triumph.
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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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 29, 2007
The Life of Reilly pays fitting homage to a man who deserves to be remembered for much more than just trading double-entendres with Brett Somers on The Match Game.
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 16, 2007
One could say there are two kinds of people: those who appreciate Charles Nelson Reilly, and those who don't know enough about him. This engaging documentary will charm the former and educate the latter.
Full Review | 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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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
November 16, 2007
Written by Reilly and Paul Linke, the film is both revealing and evasive. You want to know more about his personal life than you ever find out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 15, 2007
Even abridged, The Life Of Reilly is spellbinding.
| 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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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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 12, 2007
Occasionally you see a documentary and it hits you how much you don't know about someone who was part of your mental landscape. Charles Nelson Reilly didn't arouse much of anything in me, but he does in The Life of Reilly.