Living in Oblivion (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Living in Oblivion (1995)



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Following up his debut, Johnny Suede, director Tom DiCillo presented this filmmaking comedy that allegedly draws much from DiCillo's experiences on the set of the 1991 Brad Pitt vehicle. Steve Buscemi stars as Nick Reve, the long-suffering director of a no-budget independent film. If he's not dealing with his heartbroken director of photography Wolf (Dermot Mulroney), Reve is trying to keep his leading lady Nicole (DiCillo mainstay Catherine Keener) happy or ignore the pseudo-auteur suggestions of Pitt-inspired name-actor Chad Palomino (James LeGros). All the while, the audience can't ever be sure if the scene they're watching is a dream or reality.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom DiCillo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (6)

A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A treat.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The segment in which Nick (Steve Buscemi) attempts to film a dream sequence (not unlike the famous one from TV's Twin Peaks) featuring a dwarf named Tito (Peter Dinklage) is worth the rental/purchase price alone.

Full Review… | November 28, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Living in Oblivion


Meta. I just wanted to say meta.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A must see for ANYONE who has ever worked on a low budget indie.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Proof that Steve Buscemi needs to be a leading role in more movies. Gotta say, I wasn't taken in at first, but being too lazy to change the movie, it ended up being a pretty awesome film. Even from just directing movies for fun I understand how much it can drive you crazy and how nothing ever goes right.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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