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Real Life Reviews

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Josh Larsen
February 24, 2015
It's astonishing, and a bit sad really, how prescient Real Life is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
May 28, 2010
The first of Brooks' analytical comedies is his funniest and most rigorous
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Null
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).
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Mr. Brooks is at his most droll.
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 12, 2005
Albert Brooks's first and funniest feature.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 27, 2004
Mock-umentary predates reality shows, still funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 21, 2004
Albert Brooks just before he became great.
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 23, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Larry Carroll
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 31, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 15, 2006
Though amusing in spots, it goes too far with its one-note joke until it becomes abrasive.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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