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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
August 28, 2013
For all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm.
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.
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
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
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
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.
September 7, 2011
Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 2, 2011
Comedy about 20-something slackers isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 8, 2004
insightful and engaging
| Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2004
Intensely likeable
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2003
Already a period piece, but what fun
| Original Score: 4/5
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