Living in Oblivion


Living in Oblivion

Critics Consensus

Living in Oblivion dives into the folly of filmmaking with a sharp satire that sends up indie cinema while working as an entertaining independent picture in its own right.



Total Count: 32


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This quirky yet scathing comedy presents one hellish day in the life of an independent filmmaker. All small-time director Nick Reve wants is to realize his artistic vision within the confines of an extremely low budget. Unfortunately he keeps encountering a maddening number of obstacles, both real and imagined.

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Steve Buscemi
as Nick Reve
James Le Gros
as Chad Palomino
Kevin Corrigan
as Assistant Camera
Michael Griffiths
as Sound Mixer
Ryan Bowker
as Food Service/Clapper
Francesca DiMauro
as Food Service Supervisor
Norman Field
as Hair/Make-up Artist
Lori Tan Chinn
as Costume Designer
Lori Tan Chin
as Costume Designer
Laurel Thornby
as Nicole's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Living in Oblivion

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

Audience Reviews for Living in Oblivion

  • May 20, 2016
    A documentary masquerading as fiction.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2011
    The film's director, Tom DiCillo, won the well-deserved Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance Festival in '95. And that's the best part about "Living in Oblivion". The writing is fantastic. It's wickedly funny and original. Each character is given a decent amount of depth and DiCillo manages to poke fun at just the right places.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2011
    Steve Buscemi is, without a doubt, my favorite actor. He is always so flawless and charismatic with his performances. It is such a treat to watch him act. In Living In Oblivion, he shines. The rest of the cast is great, too, but he really takes the cake. Another character I liked was Wolf, played be Dermot Mulroney. He was so funny in his role. Every word out of his mouth made me laugh. And Tom DiCillo is fantastic as well. This is the first film of his that I've watched and I look forward to watching more from him in the future. He is a very talented director and even more talented writer. Overall, Living In Oblivion is a great film. Not in the Academy Award sense of the word, but in the sense that you will remember it for being enjoyable and funny. This is the kind of film that you don't expect to be great and go into it already reviewing; you sit back and "roll with it".
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2010
    One of the earliest films in which I encountered Catherine Kenner and Steve Buscemi. Great script writing and mayhem. Very few casts would have been able to pull this off effectively.
    John B Super Reviewer

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