Reality Reviews

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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 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.
April 5, 2013
The satire here is finespun, and the film's conclusions ambiguous.
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.
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."
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.
March 28, 2013
As cautionary tales go, this one's ripely knowing, and it speaks in a lot more languages than Italian.
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.
March 27, 2013
It's a step down from his previous work as it's less ambitious and doesn't quite come together but it features enough interesting ideas about our fame-obsessed culture to see why it connected with the French fest jury.
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.
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.
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 21, 2013
[An] astute, dreamlike gut-punch ...
March 21, 2013
The story lollops along, as old-fashioned as Neo-realism, as "targeted" in its satire as a mutt questing for a lost bone.
March 21, 2013
It wants celebrity culture to be understood as the new religion: a worshipping of false idols.
March 17, 2013
As a satire on the seduction by media and our infatuation with celebrity, it's hardly The Truman Show, but Garrone's Gomorrah follow-up is wry and witty. Plenty of fun.
March 15, 2013
[Arena's] feverish urgency matches his character's, right up through the movie's dreamlike final scene ...
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.
March 14, 2013
Mr. Garrone offers a glimpse not only of one man, but also of the soul of a people.
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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