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Reality Bites Reviews

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Top Critic
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 28, 2013
Ryder and Hawke bring crucial authenticity to their roles with effortless appeal. You'll find yourself wanting more of these characters than the movie gives you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
August 28, 2013
For all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 27, 2013
The screenplay by newcomer Helen Childress falls back on familiar formulas too often, but first-time director Ben Stiller keeps the action fast and involving even when you can't help guessing what the next story twist will be.
Mark de la Viņa
Philadelphia Daily News
March 27, 2013
The smart script by 23-year-old newcomer Helen Childress doesn't lose sight of the characters and the issues that affect them and other young adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 27, 2013
However conventional Reality Bites resolves to be, it is always engaging. Best of all, Ryder has her greatest role since Heathers, once again proving herself a seriously funny young actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
March 27, 2013
The best -- the brilliant -- bits of Reality Bites etch in epigram, anecdote and brittle, dazzling dialogue the inner life of young people who want desperately to believe but haven't decided in what.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 27, 2013
Among the movie's strengths are the performances, especially that of Ryder, who comes across as bright, beautiful and more delicate than ever before.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Joyce Slaton
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Comedy about 20-something slackers isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
May 9, 2008
A surprisingly sweet romantic comedy debut from Ben Stiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2008
A romantic heart, caustic wit, and the energy of its fresh cast ensure the film's continued appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
Although it never became the definitive document of Generation X, Reality Bites is a touchstone for anyone just out of college and stuck with more ideals than job prospects, not to mention a head full of bad-TV trivia.
| Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
January 30, 2007
Ben Stiller's feature directorial debut is a zeitgeust comedy, whose significance is more sociological than cinematic--It's "The Big Chill" for the twentysomething crowd in the Age of Clinton and AIDS.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
insightful and engaging
| Original Score: 3/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 7, 2004
Intensely likeable
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Chauncey
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 1, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
May 30, 2003
Already a period piece, but what fun
| Original Score: 4/5
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