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Reality Bites Reviews

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
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
It's a good example of an anti-establishment comedy crippled by a seeming desire to infatuate the establishment itself. What Reality Bites needs most is a good bite. From reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
March 27, 2013
When the movie is over, you don't feel as if you had shared the experience of a new generation; you feel puzzled and vaguely crummy, as if you had just read a solemn news-magazine cover story about it.
September 7, 2011
Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
August 7, 2007
In 1994, the novelty of seeing a romantic comedy written and directed by, as well as starring, people in their early 20s made for a certain freshness, but after a point this 'youthfulness' consists of little more than TV references.
August 7, 2007
Reality Bites begins as a promising and eccentric tale of contemporary youth but evolves into a banal love story as predictable as any lush Hollywood affair.
February 9, 2006
There's probably a moderate little romantic comedy crying to get out here, but the film's vain striving for casual hip proves suffocatingly obtrusive.
May 20, 2003
Like the generation it presents so appealingly, it doesn't see any point in getting all bent out of shape and overambitious. But it knows how to hang out and have a great time.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
What unwritten law prevented the makers of Reality Bites from observing that their heroine can't shoot video worth a damn, that their hero is a jerk, and that their villain is the most interesting person in the movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The story may not be new, but it is as fresh as the film's new faces.
January 1, 2000
Beneath a thin veneer of style lie buried all the old cliches and formulas of typical romantic comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
[Childress and Stiller] encapsulate an era.