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March 22, 2016
It's all very well done, with evocative character actors like those used by Fellini, and settings reminiscent of Vittorio De Sica's 1960s comedies.
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.
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
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.
November 25, 2013
This movie shows a bit of the human costs of reality TV, but not the full extent of it.
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.
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-
July 24, 2013
Italian satire amusingly sends up our obsession with reality TV, but not in a wholly satisfying way.
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
July 13, 2013
Part fairy tale, part religious allegory, and part scathing indictment, but the comedy remains light.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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
April 25, 2013
Uma obra inteligente, engrašada e profundamente relevante.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
April 14, 2013
signifies the moral bankruptcy and delirium of Silvio Berlusconi's government-as-game-show regime
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 4, 2013
A dark allegorical comedy about the nature of fame, about obsession, about madness - and the point where they converge: on Big Brother, a TV show watched by millions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2013
For all its ups and downs and occasional detours into boorishness, it's an original that will surprise if not necessarily delight fans of Garrone's very different crime drama, "Gomorrah."
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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