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Reality Reviews

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
March 11, 2013
Matteo Garrone has a sure eye for outlandish set pieces that exhibit the expansive outlines of his ideas, but these spectacles are sporadic, and the spaces between them tend to lag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 6, 2012
it is a strictly one-note parable. Sure, there is glitzy distraction in DP Marco Onorato's magnificently choreographed long takes, but this aping of Fellini's baroque grandeur forgets to add any of the Italian master's complexity.
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 20, 2013
As gaudy and glitzy as the superficialities it lampoons, Mateo Garrone's Reality is a Fellini-esque fantasia without the counterweight of Fellini's thematic complexity.
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
Allan Hunter
Screen International
May 21, 2012
Mild mannered and meandering, Reality fails to make the most of a subject that no longer feels as urgent or immediate as it once did.
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
Jon Frosch
France24
May 30, 2012
Overlong and obvious, with a whimsical score by Alexandre Desplat, as well as a few Fellini-esque flourishes, failing to liven things up.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 16, 2014
The story is too slight.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
March 15, 2013
while it's great to look at, Reality is an empty shell. A feature-length examination on the artifice of reality programming, Garrone's film itself is superficial and lacking the same depth of artistry and ideas he finds absent on TV.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Urban Cinefile Critics
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
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2012
A disappointingly obvious follow-up to [Garrone's] unsparing criminal drama Gomorra...
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
March 22, 2013
The film falls on its own sword by creating a dish that is more than a little overcooked, though even a cursory glance at Italian television might suggest that it is virtually impossible to exaggerate anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 22, 2013
Garrone's critique of Italy's current cultural vapidity is too indulgently affectionate and lacks both originality and bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 5, 2013
The satire here is finespun, and the film's conclusions ambiguous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Little White Lies
May 21, 2012
What the film has to say, though, is less satisfying. Did we really need to be told that reality TV has its adverse side effects on society and the individual?
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.
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
October 19, 2012
As shallow as the televisual waste matter that provides its subject Reality is a well made but often empty effort from Garrone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Will McCord
Paste Magazine
March 22, 2013
That may not be a new thesis but Garrone portrays it beautifully -- from the first God-like view from a helicopter to the film's denouement.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 15, 2013
The bright palette of "Reality" is an obvious way to underline the hero's unraveling, but it looks good, and it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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