Reality Reviews

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.
January 16, 2014
The story is too slight.
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
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
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.
April 5, 2013
The satire here is finespun, and the film's conclusions ambiguous.
March 22, 2013
Garrone's critique of Italy's current cultural vapidity is too indulgently affectionate and lacks both originality and bite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
May 18, 2012
A disappointingly obvious follow-up to [Garrone's] unsparing criminal drama Gomorra...