February 13, 2019
Explores the pratfalls of celebrity with the unashamed extravagance and reckless abandon of reality TV and its many characters.
December 12, 2018
Reality can be as slow-moving as watching the 24-hour webcam in the Big Brother house. But the payoffs are greater.
February 21, 2018
... no one is going to walk away from it with any questions about what [director Matteo Garrone] thinks of reality TV. That makes the ending quite startling.... It's too bad the first 100 minutes couldn't have taken the same approach.
September 1, 2017
The parallels between religion and hollow TV celebrity addiction are belaboured in this overdrawn satire that ends up as an eloquently shot study of a deluded man's disintegration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 13, 2013
Part fairy tale, part religious allegory, and part scathing indictment, but the comedy remains light.
July 7, 2013
Garrone has confounded expectations with this light, Fellini-esque send-up of reality television and the celebrity it has spawned.
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.
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