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Wesley Morris
Grantland
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.
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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."
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2013
Matteo Garrone follows his crime epic Gomorrah with a comedy about reality TV, and though it hardly rivals the earlier movie in its social complexity, it still offers the spectacle of a vibrant and vividly realized Neapolitan neighborhood.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 28, 2013
As cautionary tales go, this one's ripely knowing, and it speaks in a lot more languages than Italian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 27, 2013
Garrone has a feeling for sweep and color, and he makes Luciano a pathetic victim of the unrealities with which TV can beset us.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 25, 2013
The opening shot guides us into the absurd merriment of a wedding party, while the ending is lit with a mystifying sense of wonder.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 22, 2013
Garrone doesn't make the mistake of turning his protagonist, Luciano (Aniello Arena), into a bland Everyman. He never loses his singularity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 21, 2013
[An] astute, dreamlike gut-punch ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 15, 2013
[Arena's] feverish urgency matches his character's, right up through the movie's dreamlike final scene ...
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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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 14, 2013
Mr. Garrone offers a glimpse not only of one man, but also of the soul of a people.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 14, 2013
This is a movie that will reward multiple viewings, from a filmmaker of tremendous technical ability, humor and heart.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 14, 2013
Four years after astounding audiences with his starkly grim mob tale "Gomorrah," Matteo Garrone returns with a more garish, and superficial, vision of Italian culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 14, 2013
While its barbs on celebrity and reality television are expected and a little facile, they're mostly a misdirect for a story about family, community, and religion ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
March 13, 2013
Garrone's roaming camera style draws you into each moment with extreme close-ups and long takes that wander through each scene and get lost in it. Luciano's plight is crushing because Garrone renders it with such detail.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 12, 2013
Garrone is in complete control of his thematic plutonium.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 21, 2012
What Reality loses in satirical momentum as it slouches through its second half, it gains in substance by positioning celebrity as the new cracked sainthood.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
May 20, 2012
Garrone just about keeps things under control long enough to make the surprisingly quiet coda emotionally satisfying and resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 20, 2012
If Luis Bu˝uel were alive today, this is roughly what I'd expect him to be up to.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2012
A disappointingly obvious follow-up to [Garrone's] unsparing criminal drama Gomorra...