Reality Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 6, 2014
In this echo chamber of fame-for-fame's-sake, real life imitates reel life. There's a lurid, Felliniesque sheen to Garrone's floating camerawork; this is reality tweaked, dialed up to 10.1. And there's a cheeky, sideways satire of Roman Catholicism.
Richard Haridy
January 17, 2014
Reality is a little too thin to be truly satisfying. However, Garrone's elegant visual palette and Arena's remarkable central performance shift a potentially trite message into a gloriously warm and novel experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 16, 2014
The story is too slight.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
It's clear that Garrone is lamenting the death of culture. But the movie is more compassionate than screed-y. It's a portrait of the preoccupation with fame in an age in which in fame is cheap.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 25, 2013
This movie shows a bit of the human costs of reality TV, but not the full extent of it.
Marco Grosoli
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Those who found Gomorrah embarrassingly overrated can relax. Despite a first half that's basically a spin-off of the 2008 movie that brought Matteo Garrone international acclaim, Reality turns out to be its veritable refutation.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 3, 2013
... works on multiple levels and Arena, who worked within a prison release arrangement while serving a life sentence, creates an indelible, sad character.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 24, 2013
Italian satire amusingly sends up our obsession with reality TV, but not in a wholly satisfying way.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 16, 2013
It is a brutal, frank, painful and highly meticulous look at an ordinary man undergoing a very modern crisis amidst a very simple life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 13, 2013
Captures the 21st-century affliction of learned discontent, where perfectly happy people go in quest of something they think is better. Reality is a thoughtful, intelligent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
July 13, 2013
Part fairy tale, part religious allegory, and part scathing indictment, but the comedy remains light.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
July 7, 2013
Garrone has confounded expectations with this light, Fellini-esque send-up of reality television and the celebrity it has spawned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
July 5, 2013
A long and meandering satire on FOMO and self-delusion, and a shrewd commentary on the desire for the illusive fame that comes with reality television.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 29, 2013
My disappointment comes not just from the fact that the subject matter is soft but from the fact that the film is so thin
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Urban Cinefile
June 29, 2013
The themes involving the confused sense of today's reality hit a note, (but) the film is not funny enough, nor interesting enough to hold our attention for its 116 minute running time
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
May 24, 2013
Felliniesque is a term that gets bandied about frequently, but few films actually capture the spirit of the Italian master in his prime. Matteo Garrone's Reality earns its keep without resorting to mere imitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 3, 2013
As soon as the reality show element comes in, the movie abandons its creativity and goes for broad, anxious comedy that never works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
April 25, 2013
Uma obra inteligente, engrašada e profundamente relevante.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 16, 2013
A feast of eye candy and broad comic caterwauling.
April 15, 2013
A chilling dose of filmic reality of how damaging and all consuming celebrity and some people's aspirations of it can be ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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