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.

Mar 10, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…'s a funny and frequently affecting reminiscence...

Mar 10, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Mar 10, 2009
Top Critic

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

Mar 10, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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The Life of Reilly lets us know how much the world has changed.

Mar 10, 2009

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.

Mar 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

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

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