Real Life Reviews

May 16, 2019
A great idea. But the movie that Albert Brooks has made from it, alas, gets most of its laughs in the first 10 minutes, slides into a long middle stretch of repetitive situations and ends on a note of embarrassing hysteria.
April 30, 2018
While the fictitious Albert Brooks takes us cheerfully into his confidence, the Albert Brooks behind the camera sees through him with hilarious clarity.
January 2, 2018
Real Life is a jewel of American comedy and one of the first mockumentaries ever made.
February 24, 2015
It's astonishing, and a bit sad really, how prescient Real Life is.
May 28, 2010
The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous
November 1, 2006
Albert Brooks is so deft at showing how filmmaking distorts the very reality it aims to record honestly that it's hard to watch family documentaries anymore without thinking about Real Life.
February 15, 2006
Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive.
February 7, 2006
Brooks messes with the genre from the start, spouting pseudoscience about how the filmmakers found their test subjects (led by a spot-on Charles Grodin).
May 9, 2005
Mr. Brooks is at his most droll.
April 12, 2005
Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature.
December 27, 2004
Mock-umentary predates reality shows, still funny.
December 21, 2004
Albert Brooks just before he became great.
June 23, 2004
February 4, 2004
A great, underrated, lost gem of a film that accurately predicted and lampooned reality television long before it ever came to be.
January 31, 2004
January 27, 2004
Real Life is funy in spots but is remarkable mostly for its Socratic open-endedness.
May 24, 2003
Brooks's directorial debut is also one of his best movies, largely due to the funny man's trademark multitasking as writer, actor and helmer.
March 27, 2003
November 18, 2002
August 28, 2002
There's a little bit of genuine prescience, inspiration, and intelligence coursing through its veins, but mostly that smattering of each just makes you crave more.